Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith, the surviving member of ’90s rap group Kris Kross, broke his silence Thursday to release an official statement about the death of his groupmate, Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly.
He told E! News:
“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.”
Kelly was found unresponsive at his Atlanta home on Wednesday and was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy was performed yesterday, but the official cause of death is still pending toxicology results. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office has determined that there were no signs of trauma or foul play, however, a police report indicates that Kelly had been using a combination of cocaine and heroin the night before his death.
The rapper’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratt, reportedly called 911 about her son’s substance abuse and later told investigators that Kelly had an “extensive history of drug use.”
The results of the toxicology will be available in 3-4 weeks.