Christopher Lee Rios (known by his stage name Big Pun), born on 10 November 1971 in The Bronx, New York, was an American rapper. After changing his alias form Big Moon Dawg to Big Punisher, he made his commercial debut on tracks of Fat Joe’s second album in 1995. In 1997 he released his debut single, I’m Not a Player, and the track became an underground hit. When the track was remixed in 1998, and called Still Not a Player, it achieved mainstream success.
In his lifetime, Big Pun released only one full-length album, called Capital Punishment, in 1998. It became the first album by a solo Latino rapper to go platinum, and was also nominated for a Grammy. Next, Big Pun became a member of Terror Squad, a New York-based group of rappers founded by Fat Joe. The Terror Squad released their debut album, The Album, in 1999.
In 2000 Big Pun suffered a fatal heart attack and respiratory failure after struggling with obesity his entire adult life. He was pronounced dead at the hospital after paramedics failed to revive him, and a few days later he was cremated.
Big Pun Personal Details
- Born Name: Christoper Lee Rios
- Age (in 2017): 46
- Date of Birth: November 10, 1971
- Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
- Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
- Occupation: Rapper
- Net worth: 5 Million
- Official Website: http://www.bigpunforever.com/
- Official Twitter: @TheRealBigPun
Big Pun Family Tree
- Wife name: Liza Rios
- Daughter: Amanda Rios
- Daughter: Vanessa Rios
- Boy: Christopher Jr. Rios
- Father name: Unknown (Deceased)
- Mother name: Gail Tirado
- Sister: Piña Rios
- Sister: Nyree Rios
- Sister: Nicole Rodriguez
- Sister: Christine Rios
- Grandmother name: Carmen de la Tajera
Big Pun Relationship History
Below is the relationship and dating history for Big Pun with his past and current girlfriend details.
Big Pun dated:
- Karrine Steffans – Karrine Steffans is an American author.
- Liza Rios (May 1990-February 2000) – Big Pun was married to Liza Rios on 5 May 1990, and the couple had three children together.
Big Pun Body Measurements, Weight Loss, Diet and Exercise Routine
Big Pun Body Measurements
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- Weight in Pounds: 700 pounds
- Weight in Kilogram: 318 kg
As a child, Big Pun was fairly athletic and played basketball and boxing. At the age of 18 he weighed about 180 pounds (82 kg), before issues with his weight issues began. By his own admission, his weight gain was due to depression and concerns about providing for his family. Three years later, he weighed 300 pounds (136 kg). In the early nineties his weight fluctuated between obese and morbidly obese. At the time of his death his weight was at its highest, at 698 pounds (317 kg), and his heart was enlarged to three times its normal size.
A short while before his death, Big Pun enrolled in a weight-loss program at Duke University, North Carolina. He lost only 80 pounds (36 kg), before quitting the program. Upon his return to New York he gained back more weight than he had lost in just a few months.
Weight Loss Before and After
- Before: 600 lbs. (272 kg)
- After: 520 lbs. (236 kg)
Big Pun Fun Facts
Big Pun Quotes
“I’m mostly concentrating now on continuing to make history in hip hop – making everybody proud of me. I’m not just a rapper now…I’m in history now.”
“The first album was 99 percent hardcore to show you I was the best rhymer in the world.”