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Chris Kelly will be remembered for the hit “Jump” he recorded as one-half of the hip-hop duo Kris Kross. But here’s how his mother and So So Def family members will remember him:

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“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.”

— Donna Kelly Pratte (mother) & The So So Def Family

NOTE: No further comments or interviews with the family or So So Def will be granted at this time. We appreciate your understanding.

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