News: UPDATE: Kriss Kross' Chris Kelly Cause Of Death Revealed
Monday, Jul 1, 2013 8:40PM
A couple months after the unexpected passing of Kriss Kross member Chris Kelly, new reports claim a medical examiner has found proof he lost his life due to a drug overdose.
According to reports, Kelly had a mixture of drugs in his body when he died.
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. (Fox News)
A public funeral took place in the late rapper's Atlanta hometown in early May.
Chris Kelly's public wake is under way at a funeral home in Atlanta, GA ... where mourners were greeted with an instrumental version of "Jump" ... TMZ has learned. Friends and family members have been paying their respects to the Kris Kross rapper at the open-casket event all day long -- while final preparations are made for tomorrow's public funeral. Although Chris kept faithful to his pants-backward style his entire adult life, his burial trousers were forward ... he was dressed in a black suit, white shirt and pink tie, sporting earrings and a goatee. (TMZ)
Details on the casket's design also surfaced online following the funeral.
Inside the casket, on a sign attached to the coffin lid, read the words: "Cause that's what I was born to do ..." lyrics from the Kris Kross hit "Warm It Up." The casket was flanked by photos of Chris and Daddy Mac in their heyday. No media were allowed inside, though the viewing was open to the public ... one vehicle rolled up with "Jump" blaring out the windows ... a few local news trucks were parked outside ... but otherwise it's been a quiet affair. A small group of family and close friends planned to gather later on at Chris's house. (TMZ)
A week prior, So So Def founder Jermaine Dupri inked an open letter on his protégé's passing.
"To the world Chris was MacDaddy but to me, he was a son I never had, as much as you may think I taught him, he taught me, god has blessed me to be in the presence of so many naturally talented people, and Chris was one. his understanding of what we set out to do, from day one was always on point. his passion for the music, his love for doing shows, his want to better than everyone else, was always turnt up. when I think about it I spent more time with 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" (XXL Mag)