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Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly died of a drug overdose, a toxicology screening from the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed earlier this week.

A fatal mixture of drugs in the rapper's system contributed to the overdose.

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Chris Kelly was found dead May 1 at his Atlanta home.

His mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, said that the rapper had a history of drug abuse and had experienced episodes in the past, according to the police report.

According to celebrity gossip site TMZ, the investigator did not indicate which drugs were found, but heroin and cocaine use were both suspected.

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The mother of rapper Chris Kelly told police that her son became sick after taking drugs, and officials believe an overdose took the Kris Kross rapper's life.

Chris Kelly died Wednesday in Atlanta at the age of 34.

Kelly's mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, 54, and his uncle, Lamar Williams, 52, told Fulton County authorities that Chris Kelly had a history of drug abuse, too.

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Paramedics found Kelly, 34, unresponsive on a couch at his Atlanta home and tried administering CPR. Kelly was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Authorities have already completed a physical examination of Kelly's body and a toxicology screening was being done to determine cause of death.

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The Deftones were big Kris Kross fans. Who knew?

Last night, just after Chris Kelly died, the hard rockers paid tribute to the memory of the rapper with a pretty cool cover of "Jump" at their St. Louis concert.

The band fused its own hit "Engine No. 9" with "Jump," and the result made the crowd get off its collective seat and ... well, jump. Check out the video:

Police believe that the star may have died after taking heroin and cocaine, although an official cause of death has not been published as of this time.

Chris Kelly was just 34 years old. RIP.

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Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly had been using a lethal combination of cocaine and heroin before his death Wednesday, according to a new report.

According to police, officers responded to Kelly's home yesterday afternoon and found the 34-year-old lying unresponsive on the living room couch.

Doctors pronounced Chris Kelly dead after paramedics arrived at the scene and found "no life signs," then attempted to revive Kelly, to no avail.

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Kelly's friend, Donna, told police that the night before, the rapper had taken a mixture of heroin and cocaine, commonly known as "speedballs."

Donna told responding officers that she had taken Kelly home to recover from the drug use, and that she had done this "several times in the past."

Kelly reportedly felt nauseous all morning before passing out.

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Chris Kelly, one half of 1990s pop duo Kris Kross, was found unconscious at home and later pronounced dead at an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday.

Kelly (below, left) was 34 years old.

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An autopsy is planned before the official cause of death is announced but there is some speculation. A spokeswoman for the Fulton County police said:

"It appears [Kelly's death] may have been a possible drug overdose."

Kelly's cause of death has not been officially confirmed at this time.

Kelly and fellow rapper Chris Smith shot to super-stardom with the release of their 1992 hit "Jump." Their big gimmick was wearing their clothes backwards.

They were just 13 in 1991 when they were discovered by music producer/rapper Jermaine Dupri while performing at the Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta.

Dupri's label, So So Def, signed the boys and launched them to stardom. Back in February 2013, Kris Kross reunited for a long-overdue performance.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kelly's family at this time.