Kriss Kross: Chris Kelly memorial service (video)
Chris Kelly, one half of legendary group Kriss Kross died last Wednesday (May 1) due to unconfirmed causes. Chris Kelly was found unresponsive in his living room of his Atlanta home and pronounced dead shortly after at a near by hospital. Since his untimely death, family and friends have been remembering the 34 year old, including his last performance earlier this year at So So Def’s 20th anniversary concert.
Yesterday, Thursday May 9, family and friends gathered one last time at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church in Atlanta to pay their respects to their beloved family member, and friend. Bandmate Chris Smith appeared extremely emotional as he showed the true bond he and his best friend had.
“It’s been like a struggle for me every day … I know Chris is in heaven. He was a true friend … I just wanna say I love you man … and I’m gonna miss you dearly. My life … it ain’t ever gonna be the same, but I just hope our legacy for hip-hop is never forgotten. I’m gonna do my part to make sure Chris’ legacy will live on,” Chris Smith said as he appeared emotional at the podium.
Also on hand at the funeral was So So Def founder Jermaine Dupri, Jermaine Dupri discovered Kriss Kross in an Atlanta mall when they were teens.
Jermaine Dupri who wrote an open letter to the fans last week about Chris Kelly said in a statement:
“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.”
Read the full open letter here:
Jermaine Dupri and fellow hip hop MC Da Brat both wore their jeans backwards in honor of Chris Kelly a trend he and Chris Smith set back in 90’s.
R&B singer Keke Wyatt and the members of Xscape all took the stage and performed songs, paying tribute to their brother and friend Chris Kelly.
“He just wanted to smile. That’s all he wanted. He was known to be a happy person,” Tamika Scott of legendary girl Xscape said of Chris Kelly.