Former American wrester, James Harris, popularly known as Kamala, has passed away at age 70.
The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) confirmed the unfortunate news in a statement on their official webiste but did not disclose the cause of death. However, in a Facebook post by Kenny Casanova, the writer who co-authored Harris’s autobiography, it was noted that the wrestler died of the coronavirus.
Harris, who performed in the ring as Kamala, made his WWF debut in 1984, according to WWE’s website. In a career that spanned more than two decades, Harris who was characterized by an African mask, warpaint and a loincloth battled many of wrestling’s superstars, including Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker and Andre the Giant.
He terrorized opponents and thrilled audiences in Mid-South, World Class Championship Wrestling, WCW and WWE until 2006 when he retired. Standing at 6’7″ and weighing 380 pounds, fans also knew Harris as “The Ugandan Giant”.
Other wrestlers took to social media on Sunday August 9, to honor Harris using the hashtag #ripkamala.
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