MMA fighter and former professional boxer, Kimbo Slice, passed away earlier today 7 June, at the age of 42 after being taken to hospital near his home in Florida. Reports say he died of a heart attack.
Slice, real name Kevin Ferguson, first gained notoriety as a street fighter, taking part in bare knuckle brawls on the streets of Miami and becoming an internet sensation when those bouts were shared on social media.
Slice went on to a brief career in professional boxing, posting a record of 7 wins and 0 losses, with 6 of his victories arriving via KO, before entering MMA to compete under the promotional company Bellator MMA.
“We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating untimely loss of Kimbo Slice,’ Scott Coker, the CEO of Bellator said, “[He was] 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 team-mates”.
Slice returned to MMA in June of 2015, winning a bout against Ken Shamrock before fighting again in February of this year.
He is survived by his fiancé and long-time girlfriend, Antoinette Ray, and six children, three boys and three girls.