Kevin Randleman, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion, has died at the age of 44. Reports say he suffered heart failure after being admitted to a hospital to be treated for pneumonia.
Randleman was a three-time All-American and two-time NCAA champion at Ohio State in the early 1990s.
He went on to make his MMA debut in 1996 and had 19 career wins and 5 knockouts, according to MMA enthusiast website Sherdog.
After MMA, Randleman became a professional wrestler for several different companies from 2002 to 2007.
He leaves behind two sons and a daughter.
The Randleman family released the following statement about Kevin’s death:
“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 wo