Kimbo Slice, a man who went from backyard fighting sensation to MMA ratings king, died Monday at the age of 42, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. The cause of death was unclear.
Slice’s gym American Top Team tweeted Monday night that Slice had died. Bellator president Scott Coker followed soon after with a statement.
“We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family,” Coker said. “One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport.