Kimbo Slice, the professional mixed-martial artist who rose to fame after videos of his backyard brawls went viral, has died, the American Top Team MMA academy announced Monday evening. He was 42.
“The ATT Family and South Florida community lost a legend today,” the Florida facility said on Twitter. “RIP Kimbo.”
The Los Angeles Times confirmed the report, citing a spokesperson for Bellator MMA, a promotion company.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
Kimbo Slice, whose real name was Kevin Ferguson, had been transported to a hospital earlier Monday near his home in South Florida, a Coral Springs Police Department sergeant told ESPN. The reason for the hospitalization was not disclosed.
Tens of thousands of fans took to social media after learning of the fighter’s death.
“Rest in Peace Kimbo you have always rep South Florida as a class Act,” rapper Luther Campbell tweeted, adding, “you brought MMA to the world like (no) other.”