Mixed martial arts professional Kimbo Slice died Monday at the age of 42. Slice’s promoter Bellator MMA confirmed his death late Monday.
There are no reports on Slice’s cause of death. Sources say he had been hospitalized in Florida since early Monday for undisclosed reasons.
Slice’s real name was Kevin Ferguson. He was a former backyard brawler and Internet phenom, even featured in the adult film world at one point in his career. Slice was a heavyweight at 6’2″ , 225 lbs. His professional record was 5-2 with four TKOs.
The UFC released a statement following his death:
“UFC is saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Ferguson, known to fans around the world as Kimbo Slice.
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.”