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©WENN / Kris Kross in 1993
© WENN / Kris Kross in 1993
Chris Smith pays tribute to Kris Kross bandmate Chris Kelly


Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith (right) has broken his silence following the death of his Kris Kross bandmate Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly (left) on Wednesday, insisting he will "always cherish the memories" of their friendship.

The 34-year-old was pronounced dead at a hospital in Atlanta after he was found unresponsive at his home in the city, and stars including Sean '"Diddy" Combs, LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to pay their respects to the star, who was discovered in an Atlanta shopping mall by Jermaine Dupri in 1990.

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Now Smith has added his tribute to his close pal in a statement, which reads: "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. Kris Kross forever."

Kelly's autopsy was carried out on Thursday and there was no indication of foul play. Cops are investigating the possibility that drugs were involved in the rapper's death.

May 3, 2013 2:01PM
Man I hate this happened. LOVED this song and their music. RIP Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith.
May 3, 2013 1:00PM
Two days, so far, and while the "worldwide source for entertainment news" (ET's own promo line) has breathlessly revealed details about Mariah Carey's renewing her wedding vows, one of the Boston Marathon bomber's boxing ties, and the world of porn actresses, not one word in the broadcast versions of Entertainment Tonight about either Chris Kelly's death or George Jones' death or funeral. Like Jack Klugman, Jonathan Winters and too many others over the past year or so, these deaths have been relegated to ET's website only. So much for that worldwide source for entertainment news. It is one thing not to stoop to a TMZ or tabloid exploitation coverage of celebrity deaths but not to do any broadcast reporting when your whole show is supposedly about entertainment news? ET is not doing its job in this area and hasn't been for a long time.
May 3, 2013 11:35AM
This is a very, very sad event.  May he rest in peace.
May 3, 2013 11:08AM
Rumor has it the casket will be put in the ground upside down......
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