Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly will be remembered to most of the world as a rapper, but to the man that gave Chris his start, he'll always be a "son."
Through a letter posted on his website, Jermaine Dupri wrote a public message to all the fans. JD goes on to open about their deep bond and Chris' incredible passion for the music.
Jermaine Dupri: "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 [be] better than everyone else, was always turnt up. When I think about it, I spent more time with Chris and 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"
Last night, the Chris' mother and the So So Def family also released a statement to the public.
"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