Kimbo Slice needed a heart transplant before his untimely death

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On Tuesday, we reported the sad news that former UFC star Kimbo Slice had sadly passed away.

The former street fighting sensation was just 42-years-old when he left this mortal coil, no age at all for family and friends to lose a loved one. 

Now there have been some updates in the situation surrounding Slice's death, with reports claiming that the Florida native died from heart failure and that he was in need of a major operation at the time of his death.

Heart Failure

According to a report from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Slice was actually awaiting a heart transplant before his death.

However, Slice was only told last Friday that he needed the life-changing transplant, but didn't make it to the operating table, passing away later on Monday.

"[Kimbo] was admitted to Northwest Medical Center in Margate on Friday, complaining of severe abdominal pain, shortness of breath and nausea, according to information the hospital reported to the Broward County medical examiner," the report from the Sun-Sentinel stated.

"Slice was found to have a liver mass and congestive heart failure, and was placed on a ventilator in intensive care, according to the report."

Heart Transplant

It was then that the doctors told Slice's loved ones that he needed the heart transplant in order to survive.

"As Slice's condition declined, doctors advised his family he would need a heart transplant, the report states."

Slice - real name Kevin Ferguson - was placed on a ventilator in intensive care and was on his way to being transported to Cleveland, where he would be placed on a donors list. He didn't make it.

No foul play is being investigated at this time.

"He went to Germany around March and got really sick while he was there," Mike Imber, Slice's longtime manager and childhood friend, said.

"I don't know what he thought it was, but he just felt sick. On Friday (June 3), he had bad chest pains and went to the hospital. I went and visited him on Friday and he seemed OK. I didn't feel like I was going to lose my friend in two days, by any means. He seemed concerned, but he seemed all right.

"I talked to him that Saturday and Sunday, and he was still in the hospital. I said, 'something's not right.' On Monday, his wife called and told me he had stopped breathing."

42 is no age for a person to be taken. Our thoughts go out to Kimbo Slice's loved ones at this time.

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