Atlanta’s A-list made time to remember Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly pay their last respects at his funeral this week.
Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, LaTocha Scott and Keke Wyatt were among mourners that came out to Chris’ funeral on Thursday. Chris passed away last week due to unknown causes. An autopsy found no signs of foul play, but authorities are waiting on the results of a toxicology test to either confirm or disprove speculation that he died of a drug overdose.
The most notable mourner was Chris’ Kris Kross partner Chris Smith, who had a hard time expressing his thoughts at first. He eventually pulled himself together. “It’s been a struggle for me every day,” Smith said while speaking on his friend’s sudden passing. “But this morning when I woke up this peace came over me because I know Chris is in heaven with our Heavenly Father.”
After knowing Kelly for about three decades, there’s a lot that Smith could have said about his old friend, but he tried to keep his remembrance simple. “I just wanted to say one thing about Chris because we had too many memories so I’m not gonna try and go through the 30 years that we kicked it,” Smith said, recalling the last time that he and Kelly were on stage together. “Chris, he didn’t sweat nothing. He wasn’t anxious or nothing. That’s the Chris I always knew.”
Smith also pledged that he would be there for Kelly’s grief stricken mother. With that, Smith wrapped up his message. “I just wanna say I love you, man, and I’m gonna miss you dearly,” Smith added. “My life…it ain’t gonna never be the same, but I just hope our legacy for hip-hop is never forgotten. But I’m gonna do my part to make sure Chris’ memory will live on.”