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Bronx, N.Y. rapper Big Punisher died suddenly Monday (Feb. 7) from an
The rotund rapper made noise in the hip-hop world with guest appearances
Big Punisher, born Christopher Rios, is survived by a wife and
Big Punisher Passes On
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Feb. 8, 2000
Hip-Hop World Mourns Loss Of Beloved New York Rapper
The esteemed rapper Big Punisher (a.k.a. Big Pun, nee Christopher Rios) passed away of
A South Bronx native of Puerto Rican descent, Big Punisher brought a sense of personal and community pride into his trademarked and highly influential rap style which led to his signing with Loud Records.
``Pun was much more than one of the most talented rappers today,'''' said Steve Rifkind, Chairman & CEO, Loud Records. ``He was a true gentleman, family man, and friend. I, my partners Rich Isaacson and Jonathan Rifkind, and everyone at Loud have lost a close family member. Our hearts go out to his wife, his children, and his fans.''''
Big Punisher took the rap world by storm with his breakout single, ``Still Not A Player,'''' and his 1998 RIAA double-platinum debut album, Capital Punishment. He was enjoying the current success of ``Feelin'' So Good,'''' a collaboration with Jennifer Lopez and longtime friend and mentor Fat Joe.
``Pun was many things,'''' said Fat Joe. ``To me, he was my brother; to the hip-hop community, he was a living legend; to Latinos everywhere, he broke down barriers in the entertainment industry. But most importantly, he was a man, a husband and a father. He will be missed but never forgotten.
At the time of his death, Big Punisher was preparing to release Yeeeah Baby, his eagerly-awaited sophomore album on Loud Records.
Mr. Rios was born on November 9, 1971, and is survived by his wife and three children.