Fight icon Kimbo Slice dead at 42

Kimbo Slice

Ex-MMA fighter, boxer and YouTube backyard brawler Kimbo Slice has been found dead at the age of 42.

Slice, who fought last February in a contest at Bellator 149, was taken to hospital on Monday in Florida but later passed away.

Details of the death of Slice, real name Kevin Ferguson, have yet to be released.

The CEO of Bellator MMA, Scott Coker, confirmed the news to celebrity website TMZ early on Tuesday.

“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.”

The iconic fighting figure competed seven times in the ring as a pugilist when signing a deal with promoter Gary Shaw and went unbeaten scoring six knockouts before returning to MMA.

A friend to WBN from the start of his boxing career in 2011, Slice is the latest in a long line of high-profile deaths in 2016.