*A public viewing for former Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly was held Wednesday at an Atlanta funeral home, with the artist’s uncle among the mourners who spoke.
“He will be very missed, especially within our family,” Lemar Williams said outside the Murray Brothers Funeral Home. “To the world he was Kris Kross, but to us he was just Chris.”
Williams said his nephew was a good person who loved his family and was very devoted to his mother and grandmother.
Kelly, 34, was found dead May 1 of a suspected drug overdose. Williams and Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, told authorities Kelly had a history of drug abuse and experienced similar episodes in the past, according to a police report.
Kelly loved music from an early age and would listen to Michael Jackson and mimic his dance moves, Williams said. He loved Atlanta and never wanted to live anywhere else.
Williams declined to speak about any recent troubles his nephew might have had, but said Kelly was preparing to make a comeback. Earlier this year, Kris Kross performed together to celebrate the anniversary of Durpri’s label, So So Def.
Kelly’s funeral is scheduled for today (May 9) at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church in Atlanta.