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 7.30 pm local time on Monday at Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Florida.

According to notes obtained from the hospital, Slice had been admitted complaining of severe abdominal pain and nausea, as 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.

NO FOUL PLAY

More details from the report stated no foul play was involved, although rumors of steroids have been surrounding Slice recently. On the Bellator 158 card, an appearance in London 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 has gone out to Bahamian-born KO specialist. The fight world has paid tribute since the announcement of his untimely death was made.

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