Mixed Martial Arts icon Kimbo Slice, who was born Kevin Ferguson, has died at the age of 42.
His death came only a few hours after reports began to circulate on Monday night that the fighter had been hospitalized for undisclosed reasons.
Shortly before midnight, a statement was released by Scott Coker, president of Bellator MMA.
The statement said,
Ariel Helwani, widely regarded as the most connected and powerful journalist in the world of MMA posted this tribute on Instagram.
The caption reads,
Kimbo Slice became an internet sensation as a backyard brawler before becoming a professional mixed martial artist in 2007. He competed in the main event of the first MMA card to be broadcast on network television, a contest which Slice won.