Kris Kross’ Chris Kelly’s Cause of Death Revealed by Medical Examiner

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By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

The whole Hip Hop world was shocked when it was confirmed Chris Kelly of 90s rap group Kris Kross had passed away. Not too long after reuniting with his group member Chris Smith for the So So Def Reunion concert, the rapper was found dead at his home. According to numerous reports, those close to Kelly suspected his death was caused by substance abuse. TMZ even reported his mother told police she thought he could have died as a result of mixing different dr*gs. Regardless, police claimed it would be best for the public to wait for the results of the autopsy to know for sure what caused the young man’s early death. According to reports, the Georgia medical examiner has announced the cause of death, and it’s been ruled as an overdose. Fox News reports:

A medical examiner’s investigator says Chris Kelly of the `90s rap duo Kriss Kross died of a drug overdose.

Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office in Atlanta said Monday that a toxicology screening showed the 34-year-old Kelly had a mixture of drugs in his system when he was pronounced dead on May 1. However, Honey said she did not know which specific drugs Kelly had used.

A police report says Kelly’s mother told investigators her son used cocaine and heroin the night before he died and had a history of drug abuse.


Although Chris Kelly was in very good spirits and planned on making a comeback to music considering how great it felt to reunite with Chris Smith for the reunion concert, his family and friends reportedly claim his issues with substance abuse have been an ongoing problem he was never quite able to beat.


  1. Such a sad situation. But that’s why you can’t even experiment with drugs. It’s hard to get off them and beat any addiction. I feel for his loved ones.

  2. SMH. And I’m sure the crappy friends that were around him when he was getting high are still alive, looking for someone else to leech off.

  3. I figured! I’m stil sad about this! I grew up to Kris Kross and had the biggest crush on Chris Kelly!

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