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Authorities in Atlanta were planning to conduct an
autopsy to determine the cause of death of Kris Kross
rapper Chris Kelly.
Kelly, 34, one half of the Atlanta-based duo known
for their smash 1992 hit Jump, was found unresponsive
at his ATL home and died at an area hospital a short
A spokeswoman for the Fulton County police depart-
ment told the Associated Press that based on statements
at the scene and evidence turned up in Kelly s home,
"it appears it may have been a possible drug overdose."
In a police report on the incident obtained by MTV
News, officers describe arriving at Kelly s home at 5.45
pm on Wednesday in response to a report of a death.
Paramedics found Kelly, also known by his rap name
Mac Daddy, lying unresponsive on the living room couch
with "no life signs." After moving him to the floor to
administer CPR, they transported him to Atlanta Medical
Center South, where he was pronounced dead a short
According to the report, Kelly s mother, Donna Kelly
Pratte, spoke to the investigating officer and said that
Chris had taken a mixture of heroin and cocaine the
night before. In the report, Pratte is identified as "a close
friend" of the deceased and said she had brought Kelly
home to "recover from his drug use and [that he] had
done this several times in the past."
It was unclear at press time why Pratte (whose name
is spelled "Pratt" in the police report) described herself
to investigators as "a friend" and not Kelly s mother;
MTV News was awaiting clarification from a police
Pratte explained that Kelly had felt nauseous all
morning and that he passed out around 3 pm and was
unresponsive, prompting her to call 911. Pratte and
Lamar Williams, the rapper s uncle, told police that Kelly
had an extensive history of drug use. Police did not find
anything unusual about Kelly s body or the inside of his
Pratte issued a statement on her son s death, writing,
"It is with deep sadness that we announce that our
beloved Chris Kelly has passed away on May 1. To
millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting,
backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who
loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris---the
kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party. Though
he was only with us a short time, we feel blessed to
have been able to share some incredible moments with
him. His legacy will live on through his music, and we
will forever love him."
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 Krossed Out to multi-platinum
status. They released two more albums, 1993 s Da Bomb
and 1996 s Young, Rich & Dangerous before going their
separate ways and pursuing solo careers. (mtv.com)
Kris Kross' star's
Spice Girls musical Viva Forever!
is to close at the end of June, pro-
ducer Judy Craymer has con-
"We just can t make it work,"
admitted Craymer, who previously
staged the hit Abba musical Mamma
Mia! The production, which was
written by Jennifer Saunders, suf-
fered poor ticket sales after damning
In a statement, the Spice Girls
said they were "thrilled that the
thousands of people who came to
the show had as much fun as we
Individual members of the chart-
topping group have since expressed
their disappointment about the
news, with Emma Bunton tweeting
she was "totally gutted."
Melanie C, who is currently star-
ring in a touring production of Jesus
Christ Superstar, echoed those sen-
timents, saying she was "absolutely
devastated" by the news.
The West End musical, which
tells the story of a girl band who
pursue stardom on a reality TV
series, will close at London s Pic-
cadilly Theatre on June 29.
The musical opened in December
with more than US$2 million in
advance sales, and had been accept-
ing bookings up to February 2014.
"It is with a heavy heart that
we ve had to make this very difficult
decision to post closing notices,"
"Viva Forever! may be taking its
leave for now in the West End, but
the legacy of Spice Girls will never
Cast members were reportedly
told after Wednesday night s per-
formance and took to Twitter them-
selves to share their disappointment.
Spice Girls musical to close in June
The Spice Girls Mel B, left, Emma Bunton, Melanie C, Geri Halliwell and Victoria
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