Kimbo Slice died after being told he needed a heart transplant

Kimbo Slice

Backyard brawler-turned professional fighter Kimbo Slice died of heart failure after being informed he needed a transplant, it has been revealed.

The 42 year-old, real name Kevin Ferguson, passed away at 7.30pm local time on Monday at Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Florida. Slice had been admitted complaining of severe abdominal pain and nausea, according to notes obtained from the hospital and reported by the Sun Sentinal.

Slice was diagnosed with heart failure and sent to the ICU, but his condition quickly deteriorated and the ex-pro boxer was informed that he would need a heart transplant to survive. As doctors were preparing to move Slice to a specialist facility in Cleveland and place him on the organ donor list, the former MMA star sadly lost his battle for life.

More details from the report stated no foul play was involved, although rumours of steroids have been surrounding Slice in recent times. An appearance in London on the Bellator 158 card had been lined up for Slice opposite James Thompson despite testing positive for nandrolone after defeating ex-wrestler Ken Shamrock in February.

A mass of tributes have gone out to Bahamian-born knockout artist from the fight world since the announcement of his untimely death was made.