US rapper Chris Kelly from Kris Kross found dead

Chris Kelly, one-half of the Atlanta-based rap duo Kris Kross, died Wednesday (May 1) at the age of 34.

The rapper died in an Atlanta hospital after he was found unresponsive at his Atlanta home, and while the cause of death is currently unknown an autopsy is planned for Thursday, CNN reports.

Kelly and his partner Chris Smith hit the rap scene hard in 1992 with their debut single “Jump.” The track sampled the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” and was most remembered for its rambunctious music video where the then-teenagers set a fashion trend by wearing their clothes backwards. The single would eventually propel the duo’s debut LP Totally Kross Out to multiplatinum status.

The duo released their final album Young, Rich & Dangerous in 1996 and had remained relatively quiet since then, but came together in February to perform at So So Def’s 20-year anniversary concert in Atlanta.

WATCH VIDEO: KRIS KROSS’S HIT SONG AND VIDEO JUMP


Teenage superstars: Kelly, left, and partner Chris Smith, right, were propelled to global stardom by their catchy 1992 hit Jump.

Teenage superstars: Kelly, left, and partner Chris Smith, right, were propelled to global stardom by their catchy 1992 hit Jump.

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