By Ryan Cameron

As tributes abound from across the music industry with the passing of Atlanta rap superstar Chris Kelly, his partner in the multimillion-selling group Kris Kross, Chris Smith, issued this statement to The Ryan Cameron Morning Show:

Chris Kelly was my Best Friend. He was like a brother.

I love him and will miss him dearly.

Our friendship began as little boys in first grade. We grew up together.

It was a blessing to achieve the success, travel the world and entertain
Kris Kross Fans all around the world with my best friend. It is what we
wanted to do and what brought us happiness.

I will always cherish the memories of the C-Connection.


(Credit: Thaddaeus McAdams/Exclusive Access)

(Credit: Thaddaeus McAdams/Exclusive Access)

Thirty-four-year-old Kelly was found unresponsive yesterday at his Atlanta home yesterday, was transferred to Atlanta Medical Center where he was pronounced dead; according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Kelly and Smith were discovered in southwest Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall by a then-teenaged Jermaine Dupri. The duo – who were wearing their clothes backwards when Dupri met them – went on to help launch Dupri’s So So Def record label, sell four million-plus copies of their 1992 debut “Totally Krossed Out,” star in a Sprite commercial and tour with the late Michael Jackson.

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