Fans were devastated to learn this week that legendary martial arts fighter Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson had died at the age of 42.
According to Yahoo Sports, Slice became ill at his South Florida home on Monday afternoon and was rushed to the Northwest Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, where he later died. Bellator president Scott Coker later confirmed Slice’s death in a statement:
“We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family. One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that trancended the sport.”
“Outside 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 teammates.”
Sgt. Carla Kmiotek of the Coral Springs police told reporters that no foul play is suspected.
“At 8 p.m. (ET) we received a call from TMZ,” Kmiotek said. “Our communications department confirmed with Northwest Medical that he is there. We did not receive a police or EMS call from the residence. There is no foul play suspected and there is no investigation. It is being handled as a medical incident.”
Slice became famous just over a decade ago, when videos of his infamous street fights were viewed millions of times on YouTube. He later became a huge ratings draw for CBS.
Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Slice’s family during this difficult time!