The MMA world is still reeling from the death of Kimbo Slice, who died on Monday night at the age of 42. The former street fighter parlayed his Internet fame into a mixed martial arts career, including two fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and a seven-0 undefeated boxing run. Born Kevin Ferguson, the Bahamian drew so much attention that Rolling Stone called him “The King of the Web Brawlers.”
Slice complained of severe abdominal pain and shortness of breath on Friday when he was admitted to Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Florida, according to hospital documents obtained by the Sun Sentinel. He was diagnosed with heart failure and a liver mass, and put on a ventilator in intensive care. He passed away on Monday as doctors prepared to transfer him to a Cleveland facility to await a transplant on an organ donor list.
Ken Shamrock, a fellow professional fighter, said he was stunned by the news of Slice’s condition because he had seen him fight just six weeks before his death. He recalled watching Slice knockout Dhafir Harris with a third-round KO at Bellator 149 in February.
His friends are trying to cope with the loss of a cult figure, but life went on at American Top Team, his training facility in Coral Springs, Florida. Framed pictures of the man they knew as Kimbo Slice cover the walls at his mom Clarke’s house, his high school pal Mike Imber’s home and a room at his gym where the fighters jumped roped and pounded the heavy bag.