Latino rapper Big Punisher died Monday at the age of 28.
The rapper, who became a star with the 1998 single "Still Not a
Player" and can be heard on Jennifer Lopez's current single, "Feelin'
So Good," was pronounced dead on arrival at 3:53 p.m. EST at White
Plains Hospital in White Plains, N.Y., after being brought there from
a local Crowne Plaza Hotel, according to hospital spokesperson
Charlotte Heese. The cause of death was unknown, Heese said Monday
A hospital source who requested anonymity said people accompanying the
rapper believed he succumbed to a heart attack.
His body was on his way at 9 p.m. Monday to the Westchester County
Medical Examiner's Office, a spokesperson there said.
Big Pun (born Christopher Rios) was slated to join Lopez and rapper
Fat Joe for a performance of "Feelin' So Good" during the weekend on
"Saturday Night Live" but did not turn up on the show.
He was preparing to release his second solo album, Yeehah Baby,
in April . He leapt out of the underground with his 1998 debut album,
Capital Punishment. In September, Big Pun, Fat Joe and four
other Latino rappers released a self-titled album under the name
Big Punisher is survived by his wife and three children.
(Staff Writers Christopher O'Connor and Brian Hiatt contributed to