MMA-fighter Kimbo Slice passes away at 42

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MMA fighter Kimbo Slice dies at age 42


June 6 (The Sports Xchange) - Mixed martial arts fighter Kimbo Slice, who rose to fame in the early 2000s through videos of his unsanctioned street fights and backyard brawls, died on Monday at the age of 42.

The cause of death was not immediately made public.

American Top Team, a facility where he trained in Coconut Creek, Florida, announced Slice's death on Twitter.

"The ATT Family and South Florida community lost a legend today. RIP KIMBO," their Tweet read.

See Kimbo Slice's life through the years:

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Kimbo Slice through the years
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Kimbo Slice straddles the top of the cage after is 72 second win over Ray Mercer in the first round on Saturday June 23, 2007 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City NJ. (Photo by Tom Briglia/WireImage) 
Mixed martial arts fighter Kimbo Slice walks to the cage during the Strikeforce mixed martial arts event on Saturday, March 29, 2008, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 18: Mixed martial arts Kimbo Slice arrives at the 43rd annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 18, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: MMA Heavyweight Sensation Kimbo Slice during the Workout/Media Day with Kimbo Slice and Gina Carano at the Legends Mixed Martial Arts Training Center on September 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Kimbo Slice (Kevin Ferguson), who will fight in the main event of the first mixed martial arts card on a major network (CBS, May 31), stirkes a pose, while at CBS Studio Center in Studio City on May 19, 2008. Slice was there to help promote his upcoming fight against James Thompson in the main event of the mixed martial arts event taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on May 31, 2008. (Photo by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
STUDIO CITY, CA - MAY 19: MMA fighter Kimbo Slice attends CBS's 'Elite XC Saturday Night Fights' Press Conference at CBS Radford Studios on May 19, 2008 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Kimbo Slice, left, (Kevin Ferguson), who will fight in the main event of the first mixed martial arts card on a major network (CBS, May 31), works out with trainer Randy Katami at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City on May 19, 2008. Slice was there to help promote his upcoming fight against James Thompson in the main event of the mixed martial arts event taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on May 31, 2008. (Photo by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
MIAMI - JANUARY 08: Fighter Kimbo Slice attends the premiere of Kevin James 'Paul Blart Mall Cop' at AMC Sunset Mall on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/WireImage for Terry Hines & Associates)
LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 05: UFC fighter Kimbo Slice (Pictured) celebrates after beating UFC fighter Houston Alexander during their Heavyweight fight at The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 Finale on December 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 05: UFC fighter Kimbo Slice (pictured) battles UFC fighter Houston Alexander during their Heavyweight fight at The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 Finale on December 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 5: Kimbo Slice during The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale at The Pearl at the Palms on December 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 5: Kimbo Slice (grey shorts) def. Houston Alexander (black shorts) - Unanimous Decision during The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale at The Pearl at the Palms on December 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
MONTREAL - MAY 8: Matt Mitrione (white shorts) def. Kimbo Slice (black/white shorts) - TKO - 4:24 round 2 during UFC 113 at Bell Centre on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Kimbo Slice (R) fights Shane Tilyard (L) during the main upport bout between Kimbo Slice and Shane Tilyard at Sydney Entertainment Centre on January 30, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 15: Kimbo Slice, a professional boxer and mixed martial artist, attends Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2013 (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Slice was taken from his home in Coral Gables, Florida to a hospital in Fort Lauderdale on Monday. Sergeant Carla Kmiotek of the Coral Springs police told Yahoo Sports: "We did not receive a police or EMS call from the residence.

"There is no foul play suspected and there is no investigation. It is being handled as a medical incident."

Scott Coker, president of Bellator MMA, an organization for which Slice competed, said in a statement: "We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and 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."

See reactions to Kimbo's death on social media:

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So sad to hear about #KimboSlice Like most fighters, he was a gentleman and a kind soul. You'll be missed Bludge!! https://t.co/HA6sjdxblV
I knew kimbo since I was 19. I was a kid. Wouldn't be where I'm at it if it wasn't for him.
Wow, kinda stunned right now. #RIPKimbo
I remember a time when watching Kimbo Slice's street fights was the primary reason for using YouTube. #RIPKimbo 🕸 https://t.co/Y7LKZihdWu
RIP @KimboSlice just goes to show don't waste a moment or a day without saying real things to real people who been there from day one!
You'd never find anyone that could say a bad thing about Kimbo. Such a great guy. Going to be missed. Rest easy big fella. #RIPKimbo
Bummed to hear the King of the Streets, #Kimbo has passed. Thoughts & prayers to his 6 kids & family. #RIPKimbo https://t.co/bU5CSHnYg6
So sorry to Kimbo's family. My thoughts are with you In this horrible time. #RIPKimbo
A very very sad day. Lost a true friend and a legend in @KimboSlice may he rest in peace. My thoughts goes out to his family. #RIPkimbo
Rest in power @KimboSlice a real Florida legend. #RIPkimbo
Rest in Peace Kimbo Slice. Passed away at age 42 #ripkimbo #kimboslice https://t.co/w06KUVPTyd
My heart goes out to Kevin Ferguson's family. One of the good guys. Heart breaking. https://t.co/aMxWXG56Eo
Rip kimbo. A true warrior and really nice guy. Thoughts and prayers to his family. #KimboSlice
Man, all I can say about @KimboSlice is that he was really a genuinely nice guy and a gentleman to everyone he dealt with in @BellatorMMA.
Without Kimbo there is no Dawg Fight. He was the godfather of the game. @therealdada5000's mentor and inspiration. https://t.co/LFXewx9rKw
We've lost two great fighters these last days. Rest in peace to the man who gave hope to the… https://t.co/nEfJH4aKwG
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Slice, who was born as Kevin Ferguson in Nassau, Bahamas, and attended the University of Miami and Bethune-Cook University, compiled a 5-2-1 career MMA record between the UFC and Bellator and was 7-0 with six knockouts in seven professional boxing fights.

He last fought at Bellator 149 in February, defeating Dhafir "Dada 5000" Harris. Slice later tested positive for steroids, wiping the victory from the record books.

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