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TODAY   |  May 02, 2013

Chris Kelly of rap duo Kriss Kross dead at 34

The rapper was found unresponsive in his home and pronounced dead at an Atlanta hospital. The official cause of death hasn’t been determined, but authorities say “it appears it may have been a possible drug overdose.” NBC’s Mara Schivaocampo reports.

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>>> and in other news, the music world is mourning the death of rapper kris kelly . if you don't know his name, you know their group and their hit song .

>> good morning, savannah. good morning, everyone. kris kross was one of the biggest rap groups of the '90s. selling millions of albums. but late last night, fans got that tragic news that one member of the pair was gone. with one single, they leapt to the top of the chart. wednesday, 34-year-old kris kelly , half of the duo kris kross was pronounced dead at an atlanta hospital after being found unresponsive in his home. while the cause of death hasn't been determined, officials say, quote, it appears it may have been a possible drug overdose . the news quickly spread through social media with celebs like diddy, ll cool j. and alyssa milano tweeting their condolences. kelly and his partner kris smith were discovered at an atlanta mall in 1991 at just 13 years old. best known for wearing their clothes backwards, kris kross ' 1992 smash hit "jump" became one of the most memorable songs of the '90s spending eight weeks at number one. their debut sold 4 million copies. in recent years, there were persistent rumors kelly suffered from leukemia, which he denied in an interview.

>> i do not have cancer. i have a thing you call alopecia.

>> kris kross reunited. early this morning they released a statement on his death saying, quote, hiss legacy will live on through his music and we will forever love him.

>> kelly 's family says no funeral plans have been made yet. as for the cause of death , an autopsy is scheduled for today. i remember wearing clothes backwards to school. they were so influential. really a tragic passing.

>> a lot of people tweeting me saying this song brings