WWE legend James ‘Kamala’ Harris dies aged 70 following complications from coronavirus

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WWE legend James 'Kamala' Harris dies aged 70 following complications from coronavirus

James ‘Kamala’ Harris, the former WWE wrestler, has died aged 70.

The 6ft 7in powerhouse, who had a career spanning more than two decades, reportedly entered cardiac arrest before passing away on Sunday afternoon.


Harris starred for Vince McMahon’s wrestling company during the late 1980s and early 90s

Harris had tested positive for COVID-19 last Wednesday, with his condition deteriorating throughout the weekend.

WWE confirmed the untimely news in a statement last night.

“WWE is saddened to learn that James Harris, known to WWE fans as Kamala, has passed away at age 70,” read the statement.

“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 terrorised 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.”

Kenny Casanova, a co-author who worked on Kamala’s autobiography, also wrote on Facebook: “Just got off the phone.

“Unfortunately, the rumours were correct. To make matters worse, it was Corona that took him; he was one of the good ones.

“Kamala was one of the most believable monsters in wrestling.

“He played the role perfectly, but was also one of the nicest guys you could meet.

“In helping him get his book out there, we became pretty close over the years and I am happy to have been his friend.”

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