Kimbo Slice

MMA fighter Kimbo Slice was hospitalized Monday (June 5) near his home in South Florida, and while there’s conflicting reports, sources close to him are saying he has passed away.

Slice (born Kevin Ferguson) was just 42 years old.

Coral Springs Police Department confirmed to ESPN that Slice (born Kevin Ferguson) was hospitalized locally, and due to his public status, officers had been dispatched to his residence to prevent a potential gathering outside. Sgt. Carla Kmiotek said there was no police or medical call to his residence prior to him being hospitalized and that there is no current police investigation regarding the matter

The circumstances of his death are unclear, but sources close the family say Kimbo died of heart failure.

Bellator MMA CEO Scott Coker confirmed the news in statement, saying: “We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating 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 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 teammates.”

Kimbo, who became legendary on the Internet as a backyard brawler in Miami, was signed to Bellator MMA and scheduled to headline Bellator 158 on July 16 in London against James Thompson.

He last fought at Bellator 149 in February, defeating Dada 5000 via third round knockout. The result was later changed to a no-contest by the Texas commission, after Slice tested positive for anabolic steroids and an elevated testosterone ratio.

Stay tuned as further details are revealed…