Slice died Monday at the age of 42, not long after he was reported to have been admitted to a hospital in Coral Gables, Florida. Under contract to Bellator MMA, he was scheduled to face Pride Fighting Championships veteran James Thompson in the Bellator 158 main event on July 16 in London.
Slice leaves behind a fiancée and six children.
Fans, media, fellow fighters, celebrities and other members of the MMA community mourned the loss on Twitter:
I knew kimbo since I was 19. I was a kid. Wouldn't be where I'm at it if it wasn't for him.— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) June 7, 2016
I was texting with Kimbo Slice recently. At the end of our conversation he sent me this picture.… https://t.co/Epg6R8k42C— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 7, 2016
RIP Kimbo pic.twitter.com/Q4kZ4xhff8— Dana White (@danawhite) June 7, 2016
So sorry to Kimbo's family. My thoughts are with you In this horrible time. #RIPKimbo— Seth Petruzelli (@silverbackseth) June 7, 2016
Incredibly sad to hear of the passing of 42 yr old Kimbo Slice. RIP Kevin, you gave us all so much 2 talk about and enjoy. Rest well #AskBJM— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) June 7, 2016
The ATT Family and South Florida community lost a legend today. RIP Kimbo. pic.twitter.com/sjs8ctyJMd— American Top Team (@AmericanTopTeam) June 7, 2016
It was thanks to Kimbo's popularity that I was able to be a part of the first major network MMA broadcast team. He will be missed!— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) June 7, 2016
What I loved most about Kimbo: he vividly reminded us that even if civil society collapsed, people would still fight for $ with their hands.— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) June 7, 2016
RIP Kimbo Slice. Tragic. Gone far too early. Kimbo was a natural treasure, an American dream, rags-to-riches story. A star in every sense.— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) June 7, 2016
Remember when Kimbo Slice hit old boy so hard HIS EAR LITERALLY EXPLODED? The legend will never die. pic.twitter.com/scPqKCDk8j— Jonathan Snowden (@JESnowden) June 7, 2016