Once again, the wrestling world has fallen into mourning, with a loss that many had unfortunately already been waiting for some time, with the death of legendary black athlete Kamala, whose real name was James Harris, seen in the rings of the McMahon-owned company on horseback between the 80s and 90s.
At the time of his death, Kamala was 70 years old. The mammoth athlete whose most recognizable trait was the facepaint he always wore in the WWE rings had, in fact, severe health problems for years, with diabetes. Diabetes and high blood pressure-related complications led to one of his legs getting amputated and over time, led to his eventual death.
Condolences have reached Kamala's family and loved ones from all wrestling professionals around the world, but also from fans of the WWE Universe, who always fondly remember the gigantic and wacky wrestler who presented his gimmick in the WWF rings.
The world of wrestling comes around Kamala's family
Among the many historical feuds that the wrestler has had during his career in the WWE rings, there is one in particular that has remained etched in the memory of fans, namely the one with The Undertaker, which was a bit of proof of none of the famous WWE Deadman, who thanks to this great challenge was able to write his name among the most followed top athletes of the McMahon federation.
All Elite Wrestling (AEW), Jim Ross, and Jerry Lawler were some of the parties who sent their condolences. WWE released a statement in which it said, "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 Giant. 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." We recall how Kamala was the first opponent of The Undertaker to challenge the WWE gravedigger to the first Coffin match in WWE history, which later became "Casket match"
Kamala had debuted in 1978 with the name of "Sugar Bear" Harris, managing to land on the WWE rings only in 1986, after having passed through dozens of different companies, but his fame and fortune is certainly linked to WWE and the Ugandan character brought on stage with McMahon.
Even the famous club of Cauliflower Alley, to which the wrestlers who have made the history of the world belong, wanted to pay tribute to the athlete who has just passed away, writing:
"The CAC family wishes to extend their sincere condolences to the family and to friends and fans around the world, on the news of the death at 70 of the legendary James 'Kamala' Harris.
Rest in peace James." Finally, from the editorial staff of Wrestling World, too, the deepest condolences go to the family of the legendary WWE wrestler Kamala, his fans and his loved ones, on such a sad day for the whole world of our beloved discipline.