One of the MMA world's most polarizing fighters has fallen. Heavyweight Kimbo Slice passed away today at the age of 42.
The sad news was confirmed by Bellator president Scott Coker in a statement:
"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," wrote Coker.
"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."
Kimbo was reportedly admitted to a hospital near his Florida home for undisclosed reasons, according to TMZ Sports.
He gained notoriety when word spread about his deadly punching power as a bodyguard. Kimbo then found himself part of an unsanctioned street fighting circuit, before transitioning to mixed martial arts to provide for his family.
The 6-foot, 215-pound Bahaman-born warrior last fought in February at Bellator 149 against Dada5000. Kimbo won, but his victory was overturned after he tested positive for steroids.
Our thoughts go out to all of his loved ones.