Kelly, who was found unresponsive in his home, was part of the duo Kris Kross. They were known for wearing their clothes backward and their 1992 debut album, which featured the hit “Jump.”
Kelly was found unresponsive and transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Officer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The cause of death was not immediately known. An autopsy is planned for Thursday morning.
An Atlanta native, Kelly and the other half of the duo, Chris Smith, were discovered at Greenbriar Mall in 1990 by now-famous entertainer and producer Jermaine Dupri. Kris Kross was one of the first acts Dupri signed to his So So Def Records label, and in February, the duo was among many to perform at an anniversary show at the Fox.
This time, neither Chris had their clothes on backward. The duo opened the show, which featured numerous other entertainers.
Get more info regarding the death of Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly at AJC.com.
In the meantime, Chris’ mother has released a statement from the family and So So Def Records:
“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
Check out the Kris Kross’ classic, “Jump”: