Kevin Ferguson (5-2-1), known to MMA fans as Kimbo Slice, passed away yesterday after being admitted to Northwest Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.
He was 42 years old. He leaves behind a fiancee and six children – 3 boys and 3 girls.
We battled inside the cage, warrior vs warrior. Outside the cage, we have loved ones. REST IN PEACE KIMBO SLICE. May God Watch Over You.
— KEN SHAMROCK (@ShamrockKen) June 7, 2016
Bellator CEO Scott Coker released a statement on Ferguson’s passing:
We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and 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.
The UFC also paid their respects:
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.
Many remember Ferguson from his days of street fighting.
Ferguson increased his fame in The Ultimate Fighter 10 show in 2009, losing his first fight to Roy Nelson, but earning respect for making a solid showing of himself on the show.
He defeated Houston Alexander in the TUF 10 Finale, before losing by TKO to Matt Mitrione at UFC 133.
Ferguson then dabbled in boxing, going undefeated in seven fights.
Ferguson recently signed with Bellator in 2015 after a five-year layoff from MMA. After a win over Ken Shamrock, he fought Dada 5000 in a controversial bout in which he tested positive for steroids.
He was scheduled to fight James Thompson at Bellator 158 in July.
— Triumph United (@TriumphUnited) February 19, 2016
Social media was full of memories:
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) June 7, 2016
— Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannamma) June 7, 2016
Once again I've woken up to sad news RIP to a lovely person Kimbo Slice sending my blessing to his family 😢😢 pic.twitter.com/KXzWqizBw0
— Michael Venom Page (@Michaelpage247) June 7, 2016