So Sad — YouTube Star Dies Suddenly as He Waits for Heart Transplant
This is such a tragic story. Kimbo Slice, a street fighter who went viral on YouTube after his spars were uploaded and viewed by millions, died suddenly on Monday. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the 42-year-old man was admitted to a Florida hospital on Friday evening “complaining of severe abdominal pain, shortness of breath and nausea.”
After Kevin (Kimbo’s real name) was checked out by doctors, they discovered that he had congestive heart failure and mass on his liver, and put him on a ventilator in the ICU as they prepared to transport him to a Cleveland hospital where he’d be put on an organ donor list for a heart transplant. Unfortunately, the MMA star never made it there, and sadly passed away from heart failure at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.
Following the news of his death, many other athletes and celebrities spoke out about the impact he had on the sports world.
Muhammad Ali, Kimbo Slice and Now Coach Rooks… Life is short!! Cherish each day like tomorrow's not promise. #RipCoachRooks
— Carl Landry (@CarlLandry) June 8, 2016
— Steve Aoki (@steveaoki) June 7, 2016
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) June 7, 2016
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) June 7, 2016
Before he become known as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, Kimbo was simply fighting in random backyards of his home state of Florida. His name quickly spread around the fighting community as more and more people saw him (literally) demolishing his competition in various YouTube videos.
May he rest in peace!
Kimbo Slice may have been young at the time of his death, but these other YT stars were just teenagers when they passed:
Talia Joy Castellano
Talia Joy Castellano first became known on YouTube for her huge eyes, amazing makeup skills and bright personality. She later appeared on The Ellen Show, was made a Covergirl ambassador, and became a worldwide sensation. But while the teen was remarkably positive, she had been dealing with devastation for years. Talia was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, at just 7 years old. She bravely fought three three different relapses, but unfortunately succumbed to the illness on July 16, 2013, just shy of her 14th birthday.