Kimbo Slice, the bearded street fighter who parlayed his internet popularity into a mixed martial arts career and worldwide fame, has died. He was 42.
Slice, whose real name was Kevin Ferguson, was taken to a hospital in Margate, Florida, near his home Monday, Coral Springs Police Sgt. Carla Kmiotek said.
Slice’s death was confirmed by Mike Imber, his longtime manager.
The former Miami area strip club bouncer and bodyguard began participating in unsanctioned street fights in the early 2000’s. Youtube videos of his violet fights and knockouts caught attention on the internet bringing him fame. He became wildly popular.
Slice then he studied MMA and competed on that front, even participating in the UFC. While he went only 5-2 and never won a championship belt, the personable Slice became one of MMA’s best-known figures, attracting large television audiences and crowds to his growing sport.
Early report mention a possible heart attack as a possible cause of death