WWE legend James ‘Kamala’ Harris is hailed by peers after his death at 70: ‘A giant of a gentleman’
‘WWE is saddened to learn that James Harris, known to WWE fans as Kamala, has passed away at age 70,’ a statement on the WWE’s Twitter read.
It continued: ‘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 Giant.
The latest: WWE legend James ‘Kamala Harris’ has died at 70, according to the company Sunday
‘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.’
The ring star, who worked as both a good guy and villain, had severe health problems in recent years, losing both of his legs in a battle with diabetes.
A number of Kamala’s contemporaries as well as current pro wrestling personalities had kind words about the late star of the ring.
The Iron Sheik, a top 80s ring villain like Kamala, said, ‘God bless the Kamala he always put on a show for the fans good big man who worked the gimmick better then most it break my heart.’
Sad: The company confirmed that Harris had passed away in a tweet on Sunday
Legacy: The wrestling organization AEW sent condolences for the late pro wrestler
Peers: The Iron Sheik, a top 80s ring villain like Kamala, had kind words for the late wrestler
Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler wrote, ‘Just been told that Kamala has passed away’ with a picture of one of their battles in Memphis.
Lawler’s longtime broadcast colleague and friend Jim Ross added, ‘A character that you created and a nice, nice man. Athletic Big Man… RIP KAMALA.’
‘RIP Kamala,’ Frankie Kazarian said. ‘I’m happy I had the opportunity to share a locker room with him many years ago. A giant of a gentleman. Godspeed sir.’
Long history: Jerry Lawler’s ring battles dated back four decades with Kamala
Beloved: A number of Kamala’s contemporaries as well as current pro wrestling personalities had kind words about the late star of the ring
Brian ‘The Blue Meanie’ Heffron shared an amusing anecdote about the late ring star.
‘Rest in Peace Kamala!’ he said. ‘Just as much as he was a scary in ring, he was a sweetheart in real life. He informed me I had knocked out a tooth on a clothesline.
‘After I apologized profusely he informed me he was set to get it pulled anyway and I saved him $30 lol Rest easy my friend…’
Said Taz: ‘Sorry to hear a legend has passed. I had the pleasure of meeting Kamala couple of times always a tremendously nice man. #RIPKamala.’
Legend: The late ring star was remembered by the Cauliflower Alley Club alumnus organization