Rapper Chris Kelly passed away at the age of 34 on Wednesday afternoon, May 1. Kelly was transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, after being found unresponsive in his home. The cause of death remains unknown and an autopsy is planned for Thursday morning.
Kelly was born in Atlanta, June 11, 1978. Together with his partner in Kris Kross, Chris Smith, he was discovered by producer Jermaine Dupri at an Atlanta shopping mall. In 1992, the duo released their first album "Totally Krossed Out" which features hit single "Jump". The single topped Bilboard Hot 100 for 8 weeks and was certified double platinum.
The duo, which was also popular for wearing backwards clothes, didn't always work with music. In the same year, they released a video game titled "Kris Kross: Make My Video" although it was later ranked 18th on a list of 20 worst games of all time.
Kris Kross released their second album, "Da Bomb", in 1993 and their third album in 1996. They recorded the "Rugrats Rap" for Nickelodeon's cartoon "Rugrats" and it was released on CD in 1998.
The duo split some time after their third album was out to have solo career. Recently, they reunited to perform at So So Def Records label's anniversary.