James Kamala Harris: WWE legendary star dies aged 70

James Kamala Harris: WWE legendary star dies aged 70

- James Kamala Harris enjoyed an illustrious career in wrestling that spanned over more than three decades

- During his time in the WWF now WWE, the Ugandan Giant as he was fondly known, had the chance to fight top wrestlers including Hulk Hogan

- The cause of his death remains unclear, but according to Kenny Casanova who co-authored his autobiography, Harris died after contracting coronavirus

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Curtains have fallen on former WWE star James Kamala Harris.

The American pro wrestler passed away aged 70, with his death being announced on Monday, August 10, by WWE.

James 'Kamala' Harris: WWE legendary star dies aged 70

James 'Kamala' Harris enjoyed an illustrious career in wrestling that spanned over more than three decades. Photo Credit: wwe.com
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However, the wrestling company did not disclose the cause of his death.

"WWE is saddened to learn that James Harris, known to WWE fans as Kamala, has passed away at age 70," WWE said in a statement.
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"He terrorized opponents and thrilled audiences in Mid-South, World Class Championship Wrestling, WCW and WWE until 2006," the statement added.

Born in Mississippi, Harris initially worked picking cotton and driving trucks before he decided to try his hand in wrestling when he moved to Michigan.

He went on to make a name for himself after he joined WWF, now WWE, in the 80s starring in matches against other WWE legends including Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant.

Better known by his ring name, Kamala, Harris bowed out of wrestling in 2006.

Standing at 6'7 and weighing 380 pounds, he was nicknamed "The Ugandan Giant" as he portrayed a fearsome figure of a Ugandan.

He often fought barefoot and had his body in African war paint and wore a loincloth which he complemented with an African mask.

The latter stages of his lifetime saw him battle a number of health conditions including diabetes that saw both his legs amputated.

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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Mark ‘Rollerball’ Rocco who starred in the 70s and 80s and was well known in the wrestling circles died at the age of 69 according to multiple sources.

WWE stars have continued to send in their tributes to the British legend who was a regular at ITV’s flagship wrestling programme and was the original masked Black Tiger in NJPW.

Many describe 'Rollerball' as a legend and one of the greatest to have had the opportunity to entertain the world from inside the rings.

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