MMA Fighter Kimbo Slice Dies From Reported Heart Attack At Age 42
Gone too soon.
Days after the passing of the legendary Muhammad Ali, the sports world is mourning yet another loss.
Mixed Martial Arts fighter Kimbo Slice reportedly died from a heart attack Monday (June 6) after being hospitalized in Florida. He was 42.
“We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family,” Bellator MMA’s CEO said in a statement to TMZ Sports. “One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport.”
According to TMZ, Slice’s condition was “dire” when he was rushed to a hospital near his Coral Springs, Fla. home earlier today. His exact cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
Born in the Bahamas, Slice moved to the U.S. as a child and would became an Internet star thanks to his infamous YouTube fight videos.
Slice, whose birth name is Kevin Ferguson, made his MMA debut in 2007. He was billed to fight James Thompson at Bellator 158 in London, next month.
The ATT Family and South Florida community lost a legend today. RIP Kimbo. pic.twitter.com/sjs8ctyJMd
— American Top Team (@AmericanTopTeam) June 7, 2016