kimbo Slice, a street-fighting sensation from Miami whose fisticuffs went viral on YouTube, has died, according to the president of Bellator, his mixed martial arts fighting organization.
Slice, whose real name was Kevin Ferguson, was hospitalized Monday for undisclosed causes near his home in Coral Springs, Fla., according to reports. He was 42.
“We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family, ” Bellator President Scott Coker said in a statement.
A member of Slice’s family confirmed the death to Bellator, a spokesman for the company said.
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Slice’s unique look – a bald head and long, scraggly black beard, enhanced his legend as a destructive backyard brawler, and he advanced to professional mixed martial arts in 2007, when he defeated former pro boxer