Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross likely died of a drug overdose, police said on Thursday, a day after the 34-year-old was found unconscious at his Atlanta home.
His mother Donna Kelly Pratt and label released the below statement.
It is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Chris Kelly has passed away on May 1. To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting, backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris – the kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party.
Though he was only with us a short time, we feel blessed to have been able to share some incredible moments with him. His legacy will live on through his music, and we will forever love him.”
– Donna Kelly Pratte (mother) & The So So Def Family
Known as “Mac Daddy,” Kelly and his group-mate, Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith, were discovered by a 19-year-old Jermaine Dupri while performing at an Atlanta shopping mall. The budding hip-hop mogul brought the duo to Ruffhouse Records, which released their debut album, Totally Krossed Out, in 1992, when Kelly and Smith were 13 and 12 years old.
Drugs are no joke. It may sound cliche. Whatever was going on that got this young man this point is sad. Remember that thee is hope. In addition to learning about resources for your addicted loved one, it can be very helpful for you and other family members to speak with a therapist or family counselor.
- Living with a drug addicted loved one can cause significant stress on other members of the household. Family therapy can be of tremendous help to confused or stressed parents, children, or romantic partners.
- Many schools have counselors available to help parents deal with drug-addicted children.
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