Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly dies at 34
The Guardian reports:
Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly, one half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, has died at an Atlanta hospital at the age of 34, a Fulton County Medical Examiner’s spokesman said on Wednesday.
Kelly died on Wednesday evening, said Dumonder Dawson, an investigator for the medical examiner’s office. He declined to discuss the cause of the rapper’s death.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper reported that Kelly had been found unresponsive at his home and that an autopsy had been scheduled for Thursday morning.
Kris Kross were long-time favorites at the editorial offices of Destroyer. I wrote about them in Destroyer 06, and used their smash hit Jump in the trailer for the last Destroyer:
It’s a brilliant song that uses the classic baseline from Jackson 5’s I Want You Back, subsequently also used by Max Martin in his Britney Spears hit Crazy.
On a political note, one can wonder whether Kelly’s death was related to him becoming a performer at an early age. If child stars in general are more prune to get problems later in life, one should consider banning children from such adult professions as long as they are minors.
Rest in peace, Mac Daddy. (He’s the one on the left in the image above.)