Big Pun was 28-years old and almost 700 pounds when he died of a heart attack in 2000. The issue of his estate has long been a contested one, with both his wife and his mom accusing Pun's constant collaborator Fat Joe and producer John “Jellybean” Benitez of stealing the royalties owed to them.
Both women have claimed destitution in legal documents, Pun's wife has said the family has been homeless, and now it looks like the "Still Not A Player" artist's 63-year old mom has turned to crime to get some green.
On September 23, Gail Simpson was arrested for robbing a Wells Fargo bank in Miami.
"Simpson allegedly walking into the bank at around 3:30 p.m. and demanded money from the bank employee. Federal officials said she got away with an undisclosed amount of cash."Simpson was already on probation after being picked up for armed robbery in June.
As MediaTakeout has pointed, Gail Simpson is the alias of Gail Tirado, who is known to be the mother of Big Pun (born Christopher Lee Rios.) MediaTakeout isn't the most reliable page on the block, but other sites have used background checking software to confirm that Gain Simpson and Gail Tirado are the same person.
Pun had been open about his mom's struggles withe drug addiction when he was a child, so we shouldn't rush to blame music industry improprieties for Simpson's poverty and criminal turn.