Chris Kelly of Kris Kross performs on stage at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta during the So So Def 20th Anniversary Concert. (Feb. 23, 2013)
*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.
*A public memorial for the late Michael Clarke Duncan included a screening of the actor’s breakout, Oscar-nominated performance in “The Green Mile.”
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NBC Los Angeles affiliate Channel 4 reports that Sunday’s four-hour tribute at Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills also featured speeches from Duncan friends and a slideshow, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Private services are being held today on the Forest Lawn grounds with Duncan’s fiance, Omarosa Manigault, expected to attend along with celebrity guests, Channel 4 reported.
Duncan, who was 54, died in Los Angeles Sept. 3 from natural causes, two months after suffering a heart attack.
*Donna Summer will be laid to rest during a private funeral ceremony in Tennessee on Wednesday, May 23.
The disco legend died of lung cancer on May 17 in her Florida home. She was 63.
Publicist Brian Edwards said in a statement Friday that Summer’s family is overwhelmed and appreciates the outreach from fans and friends, but that her funeral services will remain private. About 1,000 guests are expected to attend, according to TMZ.
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*A new memorial website has been set up in Heavy D’s honor.
RememberHeavyD.com gives details of the public memorial to be held Thursday from noon until 6 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, New York. It also includes information on how to donate to the Heavy D and Xea Myers Fund, which has been established in support of Heavy D’s daughter.
A Heavy D hotline number can also be found at the site along with instructions for flower delivery.
As reported, a funeral for the Jamaica-born, Queens-raised musician-turned-actor is scheduled for the following day, Nov. 18, also at the Grace Baptist Church. P. Diddy and Rev. Al Sharpton are expected to speak, according to the Associated Press.
An autopsy, as previously reported, proved to be inconclusive with toxicology results pending. Reports cited that Heavy D was experiencing difficulty breathing and collapsed. It could be several weeks before the cause of death is revealed.
*Two memorials are being planned to celebrate the legacy of Heavy D.
Radar Online reports that a public memorial for will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Yannantuono Funeral Home in the rapper’s hometown of Mt. Vernon, NY from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The family will also hold a private memorial in Mt. Vernon on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Grace Baptist Church.
Invited guests of the family include Diddy, Mary J. Blige, the Wayans brothers, as well as former Heavy D and the Boyz members Eddie F and G-Whiz.