Former WWE wrestler, James “Kamala” Harris has died at the age of 70.
WWE confirmed his death in a statement released; via its official Twitter account on Sunday, though the cause of his death is yet to be revealed.
“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.
WWE is saddened to learn that James Harris, known to WWE fans as Kamala, has passed away at age 70.https://t.co/d0kGY4GcTO
— WWE (@WWE) August 10, 2020
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 statement read.
Harris, made his WWF debut in 1984, according to WWE’s website.
He was well known as “Kamala” or “The Ugandan Giant”; and was characterized by an African mask, warpaint and a loincloth.
Born in Mississippi, Kamala 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.
James Kamala Harris 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.