Chris Kelly, one-half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, died Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital after being found unresponsive at his home, the Fulton County medical examiner’s office told CNN. Authorities are unsure of Kelly’s cause of death and that an autopsy has yet to be performed.

Chris Kelly, together with Chris Smith, shot to stardom in 1992 with the hit “Jump”, which spent eight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. The two also were known for wearing their clothes backwards during performances.

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Kelly and Smith were 13-year-olds when they were discovered in 1991 at an Atlanta mall by Jermaine Dupri, according to


The Fulton County Police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) that Chris Kelly’s death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose. An autopsy will be performed Thursday morning.

RIP, Chris Kelly.


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