Former WWE star Kamala (James Harris) has passed away yesterday at age 70.
The word of his passing first came from WWE Hall of Famer Koko B. Ware.
The cause of Kamala’s death has been reported by Jason King from Bleacher Report.
King shared on Twitter that he reportedly spoke with Kamala’s wife, who revealed that her husband went into cardiac arrest and passed away yesterday afternoon.
Also according to Jason King, Kamala had tested positive on Wednesday for COVID. He was then hospitalized on Wednesday night.
Kamala made his WWE debut in 1984 and would make his RAW in-ring debut in 1993. During his WWE career, he feuded with Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Hulk Hogan, and The Undertaker.
He also wrestled in such promotions as Mid-South Wrestling, WCW, USWA, WCCW, and NWA Tri-State.
In recent years, Kamala had a number of health issues including a battle with diabetes that required his legs to be amputated. In 2015, he released an autobiography called “Kamala Speaks.”
Kamala was inducted in the Texas Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012.
WWE has released the below statement about his passing.
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.
Source: Wrestling Inc.