Name at birth: Christopher Rios
Big Punishers debut album Capital Punishment and the single Still Not a Player were big hits in 1997 and 1998, making him the first solo Latin rapper ever to go platinum. He joined other Latin rappers in the group Terror Squad, which released a self-titled album in 1999. Big Pun was a huge man, his weight reportedly varying between 450 and 700 pounds. He died of a heart attack at age 28. Two months later his second album, Yeeeah Baby, was released.