BLACK VOICES
05/02/2013 03:16 pm ET Updated May 06, 2013

Jermaine Dupri, So So Def And Chris Kelly's Mother Issue Statements On Rapper's Death

As details continue to emerge surrounding the death of Kris Kross member Chris Kelly, the rapper’s family and friends are reflecting on his legacy and recording career.

On Wednesday night the 34-year-old’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, and his former record label, So So Def issued a joint statement to VIBE on his unforeseen death.

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.

In addition to the statement, Kelly’s former label head, Jermaine Dupri also expressed his condolences to fans via his blog, Global 14;

To the world Chris was MacDaddy but to me, he was a son I never had, as much as you may think I taught him, he taught me, God has blessed me to be in the presence of so many naturally talented people, and Chris was one. His understanding of what we set out to do, from day one was always on point. his passion for the music, his love for doing shows, his want to better than everyone else, was always turnt up. When I think about it I spent more time with Chris than damn near anybody in my whole life, so you can imagine how bad this hurts.?I will always love you Chris, and I will never let the world forget you, may God bless your soul.

As previously reported, authorities are investigating a possible drug overdose as the cause of Kelly’s death, according to the Fulton County Police Department.

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