Popular MMA fighter and former backyard brawler Kimbo Slice has passed away in a Florida hospital at the age of 42.
MMA heavyweight Kimbo Slice (real name: Kevin Ferguson) passed away in a Coral Springs, Florida hospital on Monday night. Following numerous rumors/reports, his gym, American Top Team, confirmed the news. Bellator MMA president Scott Coker released a statement on the passing of Slice:
“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.
“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.”
Early Monday evening, Slice was hospitalized according to a report from TMZ. His cause of death hasn’t been confirmed at this time. He was 42-years-old.