So heartbreaking! MMA fighter and South Florida superhero Kimbo Slice tragically passed away June 6 at just 42-years-old. His fans and the fighting community are in total shock and mourning the devastating loss.
This is just beyond sad! Kimbo Slice has died just hours after being rushed to the hospital from his Coral Springs, FL home. There’s still no word yet on what caused the legendary street fighter and MMA star to shockingly pass at just 42, but the Twittersphere has exploded with stunned grief.
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The first sign that something terrible had happened to Kimbo was on late in the afternoon on June 6 when TMZ reported he had been rushed to the hospital and was in “grave” condition, which pretty much means at death’s door. He died just a few hours later and the internet exploded in tears of sadness and messages about the beloved fighter.
His passing was confirmed in a statement by Bellator MMA’s CEO, who said “We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating 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. 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.”
Fans took to Twitter to express their grief and disbelief.
Kimbo Slice has passed away at age 42. Unbelievably sad. Speechless by this. Kind human being in all my interactions with him. RIP.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) June 7, 2016
Can't count how many hours I spent watching old Kimbo Slice YouTube videos back in the day. Was one of a kind. R.I.P., Kimbo.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) June 7, 2016
Kimbo Slice vs Muhammed Ali to see who gets to stay in heaven
— 1994 Subaru Outback (@Sadieisonfire) June 7, 2016
rip kimbo slice, the og youtube street fighting goat
— Tenser (@Tenser) June 7, 2016
Damn. RIP Kimbo Slice!!! I won't lie man. Over 12 years ago I used to live for your backyard videos before YouTube 🙏🏼
— BEN BALLER™ (@BENBALLER) June 7, 2016
Kimbo Slice was the first fighter to come up like a underground rapper. He put his fights on YouTube and built a buzz! #RIP
— CLUBGOD (@BEATKINGKONG) June 7, 2016
— Brian J. Haddad (@BrianJHaddad) June 7, 2016
Rest in Peace Kimbo Slice!! Easily one of the 🐐's pic.twitter.com/xfOT9a9xqi
— ☘P-Money☘ (@ParkerBoudreaux) June 7, 2016
Will never forget the energy in the arena at an Elite XC fight in 2008 for fans who watched Kimbo Slice on YouTube, 1st seeing him in person
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 7, 2016
Our thoughts go out to Kimbo’s family, friends and fans during this devastating time.