Sad news out of Florida late Monday night, as former UFC Heavyweight and internet street fighting sensation Kimbo Slice has died at the age of 42.
Slice, who’s real name is Kevin Ferguson, was admitted to the hospital near his home in Coral Springs for an undisclosed reason early Monday afternoon.
TMZ broke the story and stated that Slice’s situation was “dire.” Ariel Helwani later tweeted out a confirmation of Slice’s condition:
Can confirm reports that Kimbo Slice was admitted to a local Fla. hospital. I'm told at this time that he's not in good shape, sadly.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 7, 2016
At a little after 10 p.m. Miami time, Ferguson’s fight team, American Top Team, tweeted that Kimbo had passed away in the hospital due to the aforementioned undisclosed reason.
The ATT Family and South Florida community lost a legend today. RIP Kimbo. pic.twitter.com/sjs8ctyJMd
— American Top Team (@AmericanTopTeam) June 7, 2016
Slice had a record of 5-2 with one no contest in his career, with the no contest coming in his final fight, the infamous fight against his friend Dada 5000 that ended when Dada suffered heart failure and collapsed. Slice tested positive for nandrolone, a steroid, and elevated testosterone levels after the fight, leading to the win for Slice being turned to a no contest.
Former opponents Ken Shamrock and Roy Nelson have already expressed their condolences:
We battled inside the cage, warrior vs warrior. Outside the cage, we have loved ones. REST IN PEACE KIMBO SLICE. May God Watch Over You.
— KEN SHAMROCK (@ShamrockKen) June 7, 2016
— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) June 7, 2016
Slice is survived by his 6 children and his longtime girlfriend Antoinette.