Kimbo Slice

Mixed Martial Arts fighter Kimbo Slice died of heart failure Monday at age 42, Bellator MMA has confirmed.

The bare knuckle backyard brawler-turned-professional MMA fighter was pronounced dead at a South Florida hospital, where he was taken after collapsing at his home Monday.

"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.

“One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport.”

Coker added: "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."

Slice, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, was rumored to abuse anabolic steroids to bulk up quickly and give him an edge over the competition.

According to published reports, Slice tested positive for anabolic steroids and had an elevated testosterone ratio following his last fight in February. His victory over Dhafir Harris, aka Dada5000, was changed to a no-contest by the Texas commission.

Anabolic steroids (mostly testosterone) boosts blood pressure, which in turn weakens and enlarges the heart muscle, leading to heart failure and sudden death.

Congestive heart failure (and enlarged heart) causes a gradual decrease in the heart's ability to pump blood out to the brain and body. Fluid backs up and collects in the lungs, causing difficulty breathing.

Causes of heart failure includes heart attack, prolonged drug use, high blood pressure and heart valve disease.

The key symptoms are chest pain (sometimes radiating down the left arm), chest pressure, weakness and shortness of breath.

Anabolic steroids is the leading cause of cardiovascular/heart disease in young male athletes.

  • mela.reign77

    Sad to hear this about him. Praying for his loved ones at this time.

  • SandrasNewFave

    Too young. RIP

  • Mel

    RIP

  • Yoni

    RIP......they come in 3's.

  • Jay

    RIP to him didn't really know a lot about his career. But prays go out to his family.

    Happy Birthday to Prince

  • harley_quinn2.0

    So young... R.I.P.

  • Buttercup

    He's only a couple of years older than OldestBroButter. Scary.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Love the medical info. May he rest in peace, I'm not a sports fanatic but I did watch his last match. So sad for his loved ones.

  • Rayne

    He was a very nice guy. Rip.

  • LibraGirlonly

    R.I.P KIMBO???

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    What did I say yesterday... 2016 year of Grief...smh

  • A D N

    I was so hoping 2016 was better than 2015, and I'm still hoping...toooo much death. I've never seen anything like this before. But God is still in control and I'm Thankful!

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    "Im not your lover, I am not your friend. I am something that you'd never comprehend.."
    Happy Birthday Prince

  • SummerBaby

    RIP! ??

  • Futuredocdonte

    Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man who started his career by riding around south Florida whoopin people's azz and uploading the video footage to WorldStar.
    ------
    Fixed that for u

  • Da Puppet Mistress

    I loved Kimbo. Such a fan man. RIP bro.

  • Yoni

    :facepalm: LOL Hey boo! LOL

  • Miany

    Very sad......he was definitely a local hood legend in Miami. Strong athlete, natural fighter.

  • Karma WhO

    Trunk hit hard like Kimbo slice! R.i.p brotha

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    What was the incident that took place at his home resulting in him going to the hospital?

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Heartbreaking. Young cat.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Minneapolis should be jumping tonight!

  • Soda

    Chest pain perhaps?

  • Futuredocdonte

    What's Up Ma'am. I might be coming back your way but further to the north... Cleveland ?

  • jussaying

    lmao i die every time i see your avatar smh.

  • Yoni

    Yeah, that's WAY further. Like 4 hours further. LOL

  • MISSMEWITDATBULL

    GM ROSES! RIP to Kimbo Slice. I'm not an MMA fan, but I enjoyed Kimbo. Always sad to hear of one dying so young...2016 said ain't nobody safe. Don't be complacent. We're not promised a moment more...

  • MissyJ

    Come to the group!

  • nicelyput32

    Is this true?

  • rampage jackson

    RIP Kimbo. He and Rampage Jackson are the reasons why I got into watching MMA.

  • side_i

    Damn, 42 is still so young. RIP

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    He collapsed.

  • TheRealLee

    This man went from backyard brawls to MMA. I'm just glad he didn't collapse in the ring. RIP.

  • Vegas1989

    Nice.....

  • harley_quinn2.0

    New post

  • Nonya Bizness

    Wow.I have watched MMA on Tv, and I knew his name sounded familiar and he looked familiar. I was ok with turning 42 tomorrow. Now that I see he was 42, 42 seems mighty young. May he RIP.

  • ChocolateChick84

    Dang Kimbo!! His rise in stardom from bouncer to street fighter to MMA was admirable. Prayers to his fam.

  • Futuredocdonte

    The video auntie posted is one of his backyard brawls. There are a few. Easy to find on google.

  • MzFutureLCSW

    Anabolic steroids (mostly testosterone) boosts blood pressure, which in turn weakens and enlarges the heart muscle, leading to heart failure and sudden death

  • Shade Fest

    RIH Kimbo

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Medical Minute

  • ebonics

    Daaang so young! So sad! God bless your soul, RIP.

  • E Love

    Sorry to hear this for him and his family. Side note: What a barbaric sport.

  • nekkkyj

    RIP

  • yallcrazy

    That's those unnatural things those men take.

  • ihatethesebitches

    Sad
    :-(

  • TeeTee

    God is taking home his fighters... spiritual war is coming

  • KB

    R I P Kimbo.

  • Nita

    RIP to another great fighter

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Uhhruhhhh I know it's called medical minute but I'm still thanking her for all this medical information she shares.

  • product of 79

    R.I.HKimbo?...I remember the 1st fight I saw and instantly was a fan, he was big AF, knew it was steroids ? dam man 2016 is trying to tell us suttin ?