Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman passed away Thursday night at the age of 44. He apparently went to a local hospital with pneumonia and then suffered from heart failure.

The following statement was posted on Randleman’s official Facebook page:

With saddened hearts, the Randleman family confirms the passing of Kevin “The Monster” Randleman. Behind the name, was a gentle soul & loyal friend whom will be missed by many who loved him beyond the cage. The Ohio State University, UFC, MMA, & Sandusky, Ohio communities share in the loss of Kevin’s passing. While traveling on business, Kevin became ill & un-exectedly passed due to complications from pneumonia. Kevin leaves behind a wife & four extraordinary children to share his legacy with the world who mourns his passing. Life without “The Monster” will never be the same.

The family requests respect & privacy during this difficult time. Kevin’s family is grateful for the outpour of Love & support.

Randleman competed in the UFC, PRIDE, World Victory Road, and Strikeforce promotions during his career. He last competed in 2011 and finished his career with an overall record of (17-16). He is probably best known for slamming MMA heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko on his neck in one of the best slams in MMA history.

Rest in Peace.

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