Chris Kelly's death is now a suspected overdose as investigators wait on his toxicology report.
Fulton County Police Corporal Kay Lester confirmed that they are investigating overdose as the suspected cause of death; the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office said there was no foul play suspected.
Kelly, who was one half of the early-90's rap duo Kriss Kross, struggled with drug addiction for years. His mother and uncle told police at the scene that Kelly had an "extensive history of drug use." Chris Kelly's overdose could have been caused by the combination of heroin and cocaine—known as speedballs—that he reportedly took the day before and followed up with even more drugs.
Kriss Kross, aka Chris Kelly and Chris Smith, was discovered by Jermaine Dupri at an Atlanta mall in 1992 when they were just 13 years old. "Jump," the single from their debut album, sold over four million copies and earned them a spot on Michael Jackson's 1992 world tour. They put out two more albums, in 1993 and 1996, respectively, but failed to recreate the success of their first hit. Kelly and Smith had recently reunited for the 20th anniversary of So So Def, Dupri's record label.
"We often heard him playing classical music and the piano," a neighbor said. "He was a low-key type of person who was very talented and courteous, friendly and wonderful to our 5-year-old twins."
Jermaine Dupri also released a statement lamenting the loss of his protégé. "When I think about it I spent more time with Chris and Chris than damn near anybody in my whole life, so you can imagine how bad this hurts. I will always love you Chris, and I will never let the world forget you. May god bless your soul."
Kelly's mother Donna was the one who called 911 after her son passed out on the living room couch. Paramedics found "no life signs" and he was pronounced dead a few hours later at the hospital. The rapper had done a radio interview and talked about his partying just hours before he was found unresponsive.
Here Chris Kelly's final interview here:
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