Kimbo Slice has reportedly died at age 42. The boxer was hospitalized on Monday morning in Margate, Florida, and passed away later that day. His death was confirmed by his manager, Mike Imber. Slice, whose real name was Kevin Ferguson, is survived by his six children, and his wife, Antoinette Ray.
Read on to find out more about Kimbo Slice’s wife.
1. The Couple Has a Family of Six Children
Kimbo Slice was a father to six children– 3 boys and 3 girls. Their names are: Kevin Jr., Kevin II, Kevlar, Kassandra, Kiara, and Kevina. His eldest son, Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr., followed in his father’s footsteps as a mixed martial arts fighter, and won his first MMA fight this past March. Slice’s youngest son, Kevlar, has autism; in an ‘In Focus’ video released last year, Slice stated that he and Kevlar trained together everyday.
2. Ray and Kimbo Slice Were Living Together in Coral Springs
Slice was hospitalized early Monday morning near his house in South Florida. He passed that same evening in a Coral Springs hospital. According to WPLG, sources said that Slice “had been living with an enlarged heart.” Scott Coker, the president of Bellator, came out with a statement on Monday night, which read, “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.”
3. Kimbo Slice Leaves Behind a Hefty Net Worth
The Bahamian-American boxer and MMA star will leave behind an estimated net worth of $2 million. In 2007, Slice signed a professional contract with EliteXC, but when the company declared bankruptcy in 2008, he became a free agent. In 2010, he decided to shift gears and focus on professional boxing, and had his boxing debut on August 13, 2011. Slice was reportedly scheduled to “headline the Bellator 158 show in London next month in a bout against James Thompson.”
Along with proving his athletic abilities, Slice has also dabbled in acting– he played the role of Bludge on Nickelodeon’s holiday special, Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh.
4. There Are Conflicting Reports About the Couple’s Marital Status
Antoinette Ray is the wife of Kimbo Slice, though there are conflicting reports about the couple’s marital status. While some reports claim that the two were married in 2012, others refer to Ray as Kimbo’s fiancée.
5. Their Children’s Names All Begin with a ‘K’
Slice was born Kevin Ferguson, and was a backyard brawler before being signed to Bellator MMA. In a statement released Monday, Scott Coker, the president of Bellator, said, “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.”
A statement released by the UFC reads,
“He carried himself as a true professional during his time in our organization. While he will never be forgotten for his fighting style and transcendent image, Slice will also be remembered for his warm personality and commitment to his family and friends.”