Fat Joe Loses 88 Pounds After Losing Friends To Weight-Related Deaths

Touched after losing several friends to weight related issues, Fat Joe decided to lose weight through exercising and eating six small meals a day.

During the past 9 months, Fat Joe has slimmed down, taking 88 pounds off of his frame. According to the NY Daily News, Don Cartagena was able to do this without chasing a diet pill, opting instead for exercising and eating six small, healthy meals a day. For Joe, this was done specifically to deal with health issues, an important change he decided to make after recently seeing seven of his friends die from heart attacks. 

The friends who passed away were all around the same age as Joe, something that definitely resonated with the New York emcee. 

"What's the difference between me and them?" he asked in an article for the Daily News. "Health doesn't discriminate just because I'm famous."

Joe went on to add that his family also played a role in this transformation, specifically his daughter Azaryah. 

"I can't leave my daughter behind," he noted. "I want to be here for her; I don't want to die on her."

Joey Crack, who once weighed over 400 pounds, surprised fans with a 265 pound frame when he premiered a new video, "Drop a Body," on Worldstarhiphop.com.

"I was always LL Cool J in a fat guy's body," he added. "[Now,] they're all trying to alter my name, but I can't see myself as anything else."

He said new nicknames his friends use on him are "Skinny Joe" and "Joey Flaco" (a take on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and a spin on "Flaco" being the Spanish term for "thin"). "I think I gotta ask Diddy what my new name is."

This is not the first time Joe has tried to lose weight. In the past, he says he gained weight back due to a lack of focus but seems to believe this is the right time to make a change in his life. He explained, "It's like a crack addict - he hits rock bottom and he says, 'All right, forget it. I'm not going to get high anymore.'"

Longtime Fat Joe supporters will realize that Joe also lost an associate, Big Pun, due to weight related issues after the legendary emcee died from a heart attack and respiratory failure. The emcee had also lost about 80 pounds at one point but gained the weight back and passed away while weighing close to 700 pounds. 

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  • abdomenmarcado-rick

    Yeah Dude! its good to hear this news that you loss your weights. Long Live! ejercicios para un abdomen plano

  • Jae

    So from now on it's just Joe. Not as gangsta

  • ccc

    BIG PUN WAS HUGE!!! 700 LBS ! SMH

  • ccc

    BIG PUN WAS HUUUGGEEE!!! 700 LBS ! SMH

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    if big pun did da sme thing den probably i he would of lived longer R.I.P BIG PUN FAT JOE WOW DUDE ROCKIN DA NEW JOEY

    • Anonymous

      Then Big "woman beater" Pun wouldve lived long enough to see his self in prison. He got what he deserved in the end

  • Murat

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  • Mike

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  • Good for him

    His career's dead but at least he isn't. I wish Big Pun would've done the same thing. RIP.

  • Kendall Walters

    over 400 pounds?! LOL

  • Jesus

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  • Anonymous

    ah man that kills

  • Anonymous

    THIS JUST IN FAT JOE DROPS FROM 12 TO ONLY 6 MEALS A DAY

    • Anonymous

      yeah your right. It was a joke though.

    • justin

      dumbass, youre supposed to eat six small meals a day. fat people (americans) eat 3 big meals a day which leads us to being the fattest nation, read a fucking book

  • BRUKA WAKA

    DUDE HE AINT LOSE NO 88 POUNDS HE HAD THE SAME SURGERY STAR JONES,AND BIG BOI HAD THAT'S WHY HIS HAD STILL SO BIG AND HIS BODY TINY ,CMON PEOPLE NO WAY THIS FAT FUCK STOPPED EATING PHILLY CHEESE STAKES AND DOUGHNUTS

  • FromDat202

    Congrats to Fat Joe. A lotta people can't stick to the diets to lose weight. I tryna lose 20 and u lost 88. And yeah, Joey Flaco is a slick name. He should use that. (like how Big was Biggie Smalls, but cds were always labeled as Notorious BIG.)

  • LordLamickTheEmperor

    This kind of story has haters in UV vests on a winter night - They obvious. If you don't care bout Joey why u posting? Personally i think it's a positive thing, for him, and his reasons are sincere.

  • BIG FACE ITALY

    Yo anonymous fuck face ... I am Wu tang 4 life and I don't need to proof that to you LOL. To all you other bitches eat a brick

  • Gabriel T-soo Nongo

    it's good for the singer

  • Anonymous

    whats he gunna change his name to? fuckin joe.....or phat joe.

  • asscrack

    who cares bout this bitch he should drown n go fucks himself he a soft hoe and will die one wish he died of a heart attack instead of pun

  • anony

    congratulations for being almost NORMAL weight. honestly why do we celebrate people who were fat and are no longer fat. we dont celebrate people who are never fat

    • Anonymous

      You sound like a typical cynical person. Everybody has different obstacles and goals in life. What's "normal" to you may be a struggle for someone else. My boy is currently body building and he gained about 15 pounds of muscle. not "normal" to me but for his aspirations its a big accomplishment and I'm happy for him. Success is subjective. The sooner you learn that the sooner people may actually want to associate with you.

    • okthxbai

      of course we do. have you ever watched television or glanced at a magazine? have you ever seen billboards or other advertisements? have u ever been shopping? lol

  • mazin

    now we want another track like 'if it aint bout money'

  • Anonymous

    so that drops him too 300 now?

  • Afi Keita James

    Congrats joe.

  • Anonymous

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  • mcmastermind

    Congrats dude. Keep coming with that heat you been putting out. Link up with premier. Keep it real Joe.

  • gutter man

    ya gotta flow joe ya gotta flow joe ya gotta let em let em let em know joe

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  • 787

    We can call him Low-Fat Joe!

  • George Lafflin

    it shouldnt even come to the point where anyone gets that fat. hell i eat all kinds of food but i actually do stuff and move and walk. i am not fat one bit because i am active, therefor i can eat almost anything i want. u must be one lazy fk to get that fat seriously.

    • Anonymous

      Get off your high horse green lantern.

    • LOL@Anonymous

      I usually just lurk comments on this site, but that shit about the Green Lantern damn near made me piss my pants.

    • HoustonTX

      You think you're healthy until you start feeling chest pain and a shortness of breath. Cholesterol does not discriminate against the fat/lazy type and the skinny/active type.

    • what??

      Good for you, Here's a cookie chief. Now go fuck yourself and start a weight loss program. You must be the only person who's "active". Props to Fat Joe, even if i'm not a fan.

    • gutter man the problem

      actually your young enough to feel indestructable and arrogant as fuck and you know nothing about the human biological/chemical system. some people have a harder time because of their dna/genes, oh i guess your an elitist gene snob. stay active at the gay orgies goof.

    • Anonymous

      Yo fix yo glasses you rejected Green Lantern lookin' ass.

  • talmbout

    it's called gastric bypass

  • Anonymous

    stop tryin to be 50

  • Keezie

    I think he should go with Joey Flaco. It's catchy & he can yell FLACO! in the beginning of any song he's on. At least I would........ I understand any harsh comments that may come my way. I'm almost asking for it.

  • TAYLORD

    STILL GONNA DIE FROM COKE THAT FAT BASTARD PPL ALL CONCERNED N SHIT WOW

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  • Anonymous

    Good for him. Respect. Darkside was pretty tight too.

  • hh

    hes still a faggot who cant sell albums! fif would still fuk his skinny ass up

    • BIG FACE ITALY

      yo anonymous bitch... I am Wu LOL whats groupie about that LMAO. Sat55: aka Bruno Mars get the fuck outta here. That makes Joe a better mc then Hammer and 50.

    • Anonymous

      Someone who writes Wu Tang 4 Life shouldn't have the right to call others groupies.

    • Afi Keita James

      sat55: 50 is mc hammer...LMAOOOOOO so wtf is joe???? NOTHING. Ugly fake ass piece of shit. Hes Not street. faggot Neither is clowns like 5-0 who ruined the reputation of NY Hip-hop went after real rappers like nas and launch a war on the mainstream on lies. so suck it dickhead.

    • sat55

      50 is mc hammer...LMAOOOOOO so wtf is joe???? NOTHING. Ugly fake ass piece of shit. Hes Not street. faggot

    • Charcold

      Joe got his shit snatched in CT years ago...so please stop the Joe is hard shit.

    • BIG FACE ITALY

      fif is like Mc hammer 20 years ago, a gimmik. Hammer sold big time so I guess that makes him real in your eyes too. But with time all the g unit groupies will deny that they ever liked the music LOL Big up to Joe at least he can rock his chains in the hood LOL LOL Wu Tang 4 life

  • Anonymous

    he is still a fat ass

  • J

    Good for you Joe, much respect for that

  • jason, stop flaming

    jason, stop flaming on every video dick ridin cheesy pop songs like how to love. stop dissing nas and eminem. get your head outta your ass, you 13 year old fag!

  • dac

    lol Fat Joe turned in Moderately Sized Chubby Joe

  • anonymous

    Diggin that isotopes fitted dude has on in the picture. Albuquerque 505 up!

    • Analnimous

      See, the lame is back, commenting on everything with the slow ass life he's living at his handicapped mothet's house. What a lame, commenting on stories he wishes he was a part of. What a lame.

  • SOCAL

    He looks like a guido with that fake tan

  • Anonymous

    I also like the name Joey Flaco

    • Analnimous

      Another lame ass comment from a lame ass low-life. His real name is alex. He lives a couple houses away from me with his mom in portland. He's white but he acts blacker than eminem. What a lame.

  • Anonymous

    Good for Joe... people always look sick when they first lose weight but you'll be able to wear it better later. Good look for Joe.

    • Analnimous

      Wow, you gave us a real piece of knowledge there. I bet your twitter has the same stupid, unimportant bullshit you subject us to. What a lame. Answer, faggot

  • jimmy

    NOOO! he wont be fat joe anymore he'll just be joe then....

  • Rachael Misek

    Good idea, his skin color has changed also, it went from Mountain Dew Color number 5 to Mustard yellow.

  • Joey Flaco

    Good for him man, now focus on making good music. Seriously, it's good that he slimmed down, I might now like his music but I don't want a homie dead

  • Anonymous

    good for joe. that nigga loves food, wouldn't be surprised to see him reemerge as a fat nigga in a cpl months. but for the time being, salutes joey. joe crack has had his share of blunders, at the end of the day, he's a good nigga and he gave us big pun. 2011 man, fat niggas get left in the dust.

    • Maundez

      LMAO @ these e-thugs fighting online

    • McCody

      wow look at these 2 "lames" fighting like little girls on a hip hop website grow up fags go bring your bullshit somewhere else

    • Analnimous

      See, the lame is back, always on here with his boring ass life. My mom smokes crack but your mom begs for the resin. Oh, and how could a loser who comments all day say anyone else is a loser? Enjoy your fantasy life. What a lame.

    • Anonymous

      the guy above me has a great career. he's a real winner, his mother would be proud if she wasn't smoking crack while he's on her PC with no supervision. you're a depressed loser, which is why you're exploding on dx comments like a bloody twat. have a drink, kill yourself.

    • Anonymouse

      Shut your bitch ass up and leave your mom's house you fucking bum-bitch. All you do is comment all day like we give a fuck what you have to say. Tell your bitch mom. Or tell a potential employer.....haha. You with a job? your mom wishes.

  • Tony

    No more cupcakes for Joe.

  • lol

    hahahahahhahahahahahahahhahaha

  • kv361

    who the fuck cares?

  • Anonymous

    Props for handling that weight loss for yourself and your daughter but..... What's up with that fake-n-bake shit you got going on in your pic?? That nigga look like that old school wrestler Golddust.

  • Jesse Scotto

    Good for him. Its not hard to lose weight, you just need to educate yourself and learn how to eat the way nature intended

    • Analnimous

      Oh my garsh. You try to be two personalities to show the inner conflict in your mind. Or you're just trying to get attention. Either way, what a pathetic shame.....like idiots who use LMFAO or lol just to be like their friends. You dumb fuck. Ask your mom to sign you up for the big brother program so at least someone besides the people here can enjoy your wonderful witticisms. Ha, ya right. What a lame ass fag.

    • cinavenom

      Agreed it is not hard, just takes a little dedication. And the fittest people don't have any intentions of losing weight that is why they are the fittest people so I don't know what the hell you are talking about.

    • Anonymous

      no its not hard, people are just lazy

    • Anonymous

      it is hard. thats why its a challenge for even the fittest people.

  • Meh

    No! You've gotta be shittin' me! Pun didn't weigh near 700 lbs before dying...that ridiculous!

  • Dainell Da Don Freeman

    U , GOT GIVE FAT JOE CREDIT BECAUSE IS HARD AS HELL 2 LOSE THAT MUCH WEIGHT ! I SALUTE U JOEY CRACK !

  • Anonymous

    Now you can smack the shit outta 50 cent!

  • I'm At Work And Bored

    Wow good for him. So do we call him Skinny Joe now?

  • Anonymous

    smh he needs to get some new hats that fit his head now

  • Anonymous

    damn big pun was close to 700 lbs? i knew he was big but got damn joe should try the subway diet, it worked for mike jones

  • Shane

    Its random right how dont hear any thing about him dieting until he loses a whole 80 sumthing pounds. Its like he's straight been locked away in his house exercising but good for him. But i think even if he loses like 80 more pounds he's still fat joe. If any thing it'll make his name better lol

  • Up North

    Good for Joe. Not only did he lose weight, but he got back to spitting. If only some more people could follow his example, especially in our cities. All you see is fat, outta shape people doing nothing. Sad.

  • Anonymous

    Props to him, Wasup wiv joes skintone in that pic tho... Yo an it looks like a wax model of him or sumin lol.

  • jj

    SHUT THE FUCK UP NIGGA

  • YOUAJOKE

    NIGGA LOOKS LIKE HE TOOK A HEROIN DIET

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