Miami - Kimbo
Slice, the mixed-martial artist who rose to fame after videos of his
backyard brawls went viral, has died at the age of 42, MMA promoters
Bellator confirmed on Monday.
"We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss
of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family," Bellator
president Scott Coker said in a statement.
Slice, whose birth name was Kevin Ferguson, had been transported to a
hospital earlier Monday near his home in south Florida, a Coral Springs
Police Department sergeant told ESPN.
The reason for his hospitalization was unclear and the cause of death was not immediately known.
The initial announcement of his death by the American Top Team MMA academy sparked a wave of reaction on social media.
"Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that
transcended the sport," Coker said. "Outside of the cage he was a
friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man. His loss leaves us all
with extremely heavy hearts."
Born in the Bahamas on February 8, 1974, the heavyweight had a 5-2 professional record with four technical knockouts.
He last fought at Bellator 149 on February 19 in Houston.
His win over Dhafir "Dada 5000" Harris was later changed to a
no-contest by the body that governs the sport in Texas after Slice
tested positive for steroids.