This is so sad!
Kimbo Slice, the MMA fighter and online sensation, tragically passed away at the age of 42 on Monday after being hospitalized near his home in Coral Springs, Florida.
There hasn’t been any word on the cause of death, however, the fighter was admitted to a Florida hospital in what TMZ Sports reports as a “dire situation” and it’s suspected he may have died from heart failure. Oh no!
Kimbo, whose real name was Kevin Ferguson — was born in the Bahamas but grew up in Florida and caught the public’s eye in the early 2000s by appearing in quite a few online bareknuckle fights filmed in (what appeared to be) backyards.
After getting the right people’s attention, Slice made his MMA debut in 2007 by beating former heavyweight boxing champion Ray Mercer. However, the athlete’s weaknesses quickly showed as he continued to fight and after losing a match in 2010, Kimbo turned his attention to boxing and wouldn’t compete in MMA again until 2015 when he signed with Bellator MMA. Huh.
The bearded muscle man last fought at Bellator 149 in February when he beat Dada 5000 — unfortunately for KS, the win was overturned as he tested positive for a banned substance.
The president of Bellator MMA Scott Coker released a statement regarding Ferguson’s death, saying:
“We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family. One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport.”
Coker went on to say:
“Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man. His loss leaves us all with extremely heavy hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ferguson family and all of Kimbo’s friends, fans, and teammates.”
Though Kevin never found a ton of success in MMA, he was undefeated as a boxer with a record of 7-0.
[Image via WENN.]