Well known and respected professional mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice passed away on Monday night at the age of 42.
News of his death came hours after Slice was reportedly hospitalized near his South Florida home for “undisclosed reasons.”
Scott Coker, president of MMA company Bellator, confirmed the news of Kimbo’s death.
“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.”
Kimbo Slice was born Kevin Ferguson on Feb. 8, 1974 in the Bahamas. He first gained fame in the early 2000s as a backyard brawler whose street-fighting videos went viral online. Many credit Slice for being the reason Youtube became so popular among street fighting fans.
Slice made his official MMA debut in 2007and fought his last fight in February at Bellator 149, where he defeated his longtime friend, Dada 5000. The victory, however, was reportedly overturned after Slice “tested positive for a banned steroid.”
Slice had a 5-2 record as an MMA fighter, his Bellator profile noted. He was also an undefeated professional boxer with a 7-0 record, TMZ reported.
Slice is survived by his longtime partner Antoinette Ray and six children.