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Former UFC champ Kevin Randleman dead at 44

By Alex Butler   |   Feb. 12, 2016 at 11:20 PM

I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of the legend Kevin Randleman. I just got off the phone with Mark Coleman and we talked about some of our Kevin Randleman stories. RIP Kevin “The Monster" Randleman

Posted by Dana White on Thursday, February 11, 2016

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The Monster finally met his match.

Kevin Randleman, a former UFC heavyweight champion and NCAA Championship wrestler, died at age 44 Thursday in San Diego.

Randleman had been admitted to a hospital for pneumonia earlier in the day and died due to heart failure, according to FOX Sports.

The former Ohio State wrestler was living in Las Vegas.

"I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of the legend Kevin Randleman," UFC President Dana White said on Facebook. "I just got off the phone with Mark Coleman and we talked about some of our Kevin Randleman stories. RIP Kevin "The Monster" Randleman."

Media, please be respectful of the family & report the FACTS. Kevin leaves behind 4 extraordinary children. Do not...

Posted by KEVIN THE MONSTER RANDLEMAN on Friday, February 12, 2016

The Randleman family also released a statement on Facebook.

"With saddened hearts, the Randleman family confirms the passing of Kevin "The Monster" Randleman," the statement said. "Behind the name, was a gentle soul and loyal friend whom will be missed by many who loved him beyond the cage. The Ohio State University, UFC, MMA, and Sandusky, Ohio communities share in the loss of Kevin's passing. While traveling on business, Kevin became ill and unexpectedly passed due to complications from pneumonia."

"Kevin leaves behind a wife and 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 and privacy during this difficult time. Kevin's family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support."

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