Professional mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice, 42, has died this evening at Florida hospital from heart failure, according to ESPN.
Police officer Carla Kmiotek of the Coral Springs police department has told Yahoo Sports no foul play is suspected. Kmiotek also added they already dispatched a team of officers to Slice’s home to prevent and control the gathering of the crowd outside his home.
“We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family,” Bellator president Scott Coker said in a statement via the ESPN, calling Slice “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,” Coker said. “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 Slice, which is Kevin Ferguson in real life, was a former street brawler and internet sensation. The 42-years-old Kimbo his MMA debut in 2007, and won his UFC debut in 2009.
The 6-foot-2 inch, 225 pounds MMA fighter has an impressive professional record of 5-2 with four came by way of knockouts.
In 2009, Slice signed a deal with the UFC to headline on Season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter, where he faced and eliminated by Roy Nelson in the opening round. Slice fought once more in the UFC and was knocked out in the second round by Matt Mitrione at UFC 113.
The former street fighter was signed to Bellator MMA and scheduled to fight at Bellator 158 on July 16 in London against James Thompson.
Slice last fought at Bellator 149 on Feb. 19 in Houston, where he defeated Dhafir Harris in a three-round decision, but the result was later overturned by the Texas commission after Slice tested positive for banned substances.
Picture Courtesy: Kimbo Slice/Facebook.com