Kevin Ferguson, better known as “Kimbo Slice”, died at the age of 42 yesterday. He leaves behind six children. The cause of his death is still unknown.
Slice rose to fame in the early 2000’s when videos of his backyard street fights went viral. He quickly became an internet and commercial sensation.
Slice was born in Nassau, Bahamas and grew up in South Florida, where he was a star middle linebacker at Palmetto High School. He was left homeless in 1992, when Hurricane Andrew devastated the Miami area. He worked as a bouncer and limousine driver prior to attaining notoriety through backyard street brawls.
Although Slice only found moderate success in the ring after transitioning from street fighting to mainstream mixed martial arts in 2005, his early fights drew large television audiences because of his massive commercial and marketing appeal. He will be remembered as one of the first mixed martial art style fighters to attain large scale mainstream commercial success.
MMA legend, and former opponent, Ken Shamrock tweeted his condolences after hearing of the Slice’s passing.
We battled inside the cage, warrior vs warrior. Outside the cage, we have loved ones. REST IN PEACE KIMBO SLICE. May God Watch Over You.
— KEN SHAMROCK (@ShamrockKen) June 7, 2016