The news has sadly been confirmed that popular mixed martial arts fighter Kimbo Slice tragically passed away last night.
He was 42.
The street fighter turned MMA star was apparently hospitalized in his home state of Florida, before sadly dying. Bellator president Scott Coker confirmed the tragic news, as did Slice's own website.
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"We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family," Coker said in his statement.
"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," Coker added. "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."
According to a report from TMZ Sports, the police have actually been in contact with Slice's family to try and get more details on the situation after the former street fighter was taken to hospital in Coral Springs, FL.
Sgt. Carla Kmiotek told CNN that neither police nor emergency services received a call to Slice's residence before his hospitalization. As of right now, there is no official investigation into Slice's death, which could well rule out foul play.
The UFC also released a statement on Slice's death, lamenting the loss of the former The Ultimate Fighter contestant, who held a 4-2 record in the promotion.
"UFC is saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Ferguson, known to fans around the world as Kimbo Slice," it read.
"Slice will forever be a part of UFC history as a contestant on season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter in 2009, and for having fought twice inside the Octagon at The Ultimate Fighter Finale and UFC 113. He carried himself as a true professional during his time in our organization."
"While he will never be forgotten for his fighting style and transcendent image, Slice will also be remembered for his warm personality and commitment to his family and friends."
"UFC offers its sincere condolences to Slice’s family, friends and teammates at American Top Team."
Slice's last fight came in February of this year, when he beat Dada 5000 via TKO at Bellator 149. The win was marred, however, by Dada's hospitalization as well as Slice testing positive for steroids.
GiveMeSport offers its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Kimbo Slice at this time.
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