Kris Kross Rapper Dies From Alleged Overdose

By McCarton Ackerman 05/02/13

Chris Kelly reportedly took a combo of heroin and cocaine the night before his death.

Kelly had an "extensive drug use history."
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Drugs are suspected to have played a role in the death of rapper Chris Kelly, one half of '90s rap group Kris Kross, who died yesterday at 34 years old. Kelly's mother, Donna Kelly Pratt, called police yesterday afternoon to report finding him on the couch of his Atlanta home with "no life signs." Authorities unsuccessfully tried to revive Kelly before rushing him to a nearby hospital, and pronounced him dead just a few hours later. Pratt told police that he had taken a mixture of heroin and cocaine known as a "speedball" the night before his medical emergency. After personally taking him home to recover from his drug use, which she had done before on several occasions, she reported that he had felt nauseous all morning before passing out. Kelly's mother and uncle also told police that he had an "extensive history of drug use." Kris Kross' 1992 album Totally Krossed Out reached No. 1 on the US charts and featured the single "Jump," which stayed on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks. Last February, Kris Kross reunited for a one-off show at hip-hop label So So Def's 20th anniversary concert.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.