It's a Shame: '90s Music Stars We Lost Too Soon

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  • Chris Kelly, Kris Kross
  • Heavy D
  • Big Pun
  • Tupac
  • The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Natina Reed
  • Kenny Greene
  • Melanie Janene Thornton
  • David Cole
  • Orish Grinstead
  • Aaliyah
  • Lisa Lopes
  • Tony Thompson
  • Kevin Conner
  • Eazy-E
  • Guru
  • Nate Dogg
  • Big L
  • Freaky Tah
  • ODB

Never Forgotten

It's been a year since tragedy struck the music community. May 1, 2013, Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly, one half of '90s teen sensation Kris Kross, died from a sudden drug overdose. The duo's 1992 hit "Jump" spent eight weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 — the first time a rap song had ever done so, and an important benchmark in the genre's commercial takeover in the years to follow. The song also put their now-legendary mentor and producer, Jermaine Dupri, on the map. But Chris Kelly isn't the only influential star from the '90s to leave us too soon. Read on to keep the memory alive of other late musicians from the decade.

(Photo: AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jonathan Phillips)

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