Kimbo Slice passed away on Monday, June 6. While no official cause of death has been released, it’s being widely reported that his passing was due to heart failure.
Slice, whose real name was Kevin Ferguson, admitted himself to Northwest Medical Center in Margate, FL, complaining about nausea, severe abdominal pain and shortness of breath. TMZ originally confirmed the hospitalization with local law enforcement and the fighter passed away that same day.
“Kimbo Slice” became a viral sensation in 2003 after videos of him street-fighting began to circulate on the internet. The launch of YouTube in 2005 catapulted Kimbo into the limelight. While he started his career as a brawler, he started adding mixed martial arts (MMA) to his repertoire as he began to compete professionally.
Slice eventually fought for the Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC), Elite XC, Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC)
and Bellator MMA.
During his MMA career, he won fights against Ken Shamrock and Tank Abbott. Slice also had a brief career in heavyweight boxing;
he began late, at the age of 36, and went undefeated in four bouts.
At the time of death, Slice was scheduled to headline Bellator 158
in London, despite having failed a drug test
and put another fighter in critical condition. The decision allowing Slice to compete was very controversial in the MMA community, as the industry was struggling to address concerns regarding performance enhancing drug use.
Foul play is not suspected
, but we’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.