On Monday (July 1), the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office of Atlanta released the information that Kelly had a mixture of drugs in his system. It was not revealed which drugs may have contributed to the artist’s death, but Kelly’s mother told police that he had used cocaine and heroin.
Also known as “Mac Daddy,” Kelly was found by police on his living room couch in Atlanta. Attempts to resuscitate him failed, and Kelly was pronounced dead at the hospital.
As part of the young teen duo, Kris Kross, Kelly rocketed to fame in 1992 with the hit single, “Jump.” Kelly and partner Chris Smith (aka “Daddy Mac”) gained prominence for their youth and for their rapping. Even the kids’ style — baggy clothes worn backwards — were seen as a fashion statement.
Despite some follow-up success, Kris Kross never matched the success of “Jump.” Reports indicate that there was talk of a Kris Kross re-launch prior to Chris Kelly’s death.