Former WWE wrestler, James Harris better known as Kamala has died at age 70, it emerged on Monday, August 10.
WWE confirmed his death in a statement released via its official Twitter account, saying;
WWE is saddened to learn that James Harris, known to WWE fans as Kamala, has passed away at age 70.https://t.co/d0kGY4GcTO
— WWE (@WWE) August 10, 2020
Though the cause of his death was yet to be revealed, Kenny Casanova, the writer who co-authored Harris’s autobiography, in a Facebook post said the wrestler died of the coronavirus.
According to The Washington Post, Harris suffered many health issues due to complications with diabetes.
Harris, who performed in the ring as ‘Kamala’, made his WWF debut in 1984.
WWE on its website wrote;
WWE is saddened to learn that James Harris, known to WWE fans as Kamala, has passed away at age 70.
Under the frightening face paint of Kamala, the 6-foot-7, 380-pound, Harris battled the greatest superstars in sports-entertainment history, including Hulk Hogan, the Undertaker and Andre the Gaint.
He terrorized opponents and thrilled audiences in Mid-South, World Class Championship Wrestling, WCW and WWE until 2006. WWE extends its condolences to Harris’ family, friends and fans.
His character, Kamala, was promoted as a 6-foot-7, 350-pound “Ugandan Giant” and was characterized by an African mask, warpaint and a loincloth.
May his soul Rest In Peace.