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Chris Kelly funeral held in his home town of Atlanta

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Chris Kelly of 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, who was found dead last week at the age of 34, has been laid to rest in his home town of Atlanta, Georgia.

Chris Kelly was known as Mac Daddy while in Kris Kross, who shot to fame in 1992 with their hit single Jump.

Producer Jermaine Dupri and rapper Da Brat wore their trousers backwards in homage to the duo, who were known for wearing their clothes back to front.

Bandmate Chris Smith delivered an emotional tribute to his “true friend”.

Chris Kelly of 1990s rap duo Kris Kross has been laid to rest in his home town of Atlanta, Georgia

Chris Kelly of 1990s rap duo Kris Kross has been laid to rest in his home town of Atlanta, Georgia

“It’s been a struggle for me every day, but there was a peace that came over me this morning because I know he’s in heaven,” Chris Smith said.


Chris Smith was supported in the church by Jermaine Dupri, who discovered the 1990s teenage duo in an Atlanta shopping centre.

Chris Kelly’s mother Donna Kelly Pratte continuously wept throughout the two hour service.

Numerous photos were shown of Chris Kelly posing with music stars including Michael Jackson, Gerald Levert and Patti LaBelle.

Kris Kross topped the US charts in May 1992 and reached number two in the UK with their single Jump. The song stayed at number one in the US for eight weeks, selling four million copies.

Chris Smith and Chris Kelly were reunited in February to perform at a show celebrating the 20th anniversary of their record label So So Def.

Chris Kelly’s official cause of death will not be known until a toxicology report has been completed.

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