Kelly, half of the 1990s teen rap duo Kriss Kross, was found dead Wednesday of a suspected drug overdose.
Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, 54, and his uncle, Lamar Williams, 52, told authorities Kelly had a history of drug abuse and experienced similar episodes in the past, according to the Fulton County police report.
Paramedics found Kelly, 34, unresponsive on a couch at his Atlanta home and tried CPR. Kelly, who was known as “Mac Daddy,” was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
A toxicology screening of the body was being done, said Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office.
Kriss Kross was introduced to the music world in 1992 by music producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri after he discovered the pair at Greenbriar Mall in southwest Atlanta. Kelly performed alongside Chris Smith, who known as “Daddy Mac.”
“To the world, Chris was Mac Daddy, but to me, he was a son I never had,” Dupri said in a written statement Thursday.
The duo wore their clothes backward as a gimmick, but they won over fans with their raps.
Their first and by far most successful song was Jump, off their multiplatinum 1992 debut album Totally Krossed Out. They toured with Michael Jackson, appeared on TV shows, and even had their own video game.
Kriss Kross was never able to match the tremendous success of their first song, though they had other hits including Warm It Up, and Tonite’s tha Night.
Earlier this year, the duo performed together to celebrate the anniversary of Dupri’s label, So So Def.