Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson reportedly passes away at 42 due to heart failure [UPDATED]

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson has been hospitalized in Florida according to a report from TMZ Sports, and the situation apparently “does not look good.”

There’s little further information currently available, outside of police heading to Slice’s home after his hospitalization to try getting further information from family members.

Ferguson last fought in February in a much maligned fight with fellow Floridian street fighter Dhafir “DaDa 5000” Harris, who himself was near death after the fight. Ferguson failed a drug test for steroids and received a minor suspension from Texas’ athletic commission, and he was slated to rematch James Thompson in London next month at Bellator 158.

Penick’s Analysis: Best wishes to Ferguson and his family. It’s not clear just what happened or what he’s dealing with, but all reports are painting a sad picture at the moment that may not end well. We’ll update this further as more information comes out.

UPDATE: Sadly, it appears Ferguson has passed away at 42, according to multiple reports. It’s believed he suffered a heart attack, and was unable to recover at the hospital. We await official confirmation or statement from Bellator and Ferguson’s family, and will pass those along as they come. Our sincerest condolences to his friends, family, teammates, and fans.

[Photo courtesy Bellator MMA]

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