The Bellator MMA and former UFC fighter, real name Kevin Ferguson, passed away late on Monday night

MMA fighter Slice, real name Kevin Ferguson, was admitted to hospital in Coral Springs, Florida, with police reportedly asking his family for information after his admittance.

Slice had been diagnosed with heart failure and needed a transplant days before he died on Monday, according to newly released hospital records.

His training outfit, the American Top Team, confirmed the news on Twitter, posting: “The ATT Family and South Florida community lost a legend today. RIP Kimbo.”

“We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family,” said Coker.

Slice rose to prominence by his participation in Miami street fights, with the American gaining recognition for his phenomenal punching power and striking ability.

Slice was signed by the UFC to appear in The Ultimate Fighter [TUF] 10, although his time with the company would not last long as he left with a record of 4-2 from his six fights.