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Professional Wrestling Legend Kamala The ‘Ugandan Large’ Dies Of Coronavirus


James Harris, a former skilled wrestler greatest referred to as Kamala, the “Ugandan Large,” has died. He was 70.

“Sadly, the rumors had been appropriate,” Kenny Casanova, coauthor of Harris’ autobiography, Kamala Speaks, wrote on Fb. “To make issues worse, it was Corona that took him; he was one of many good ones.”

Harris shot to fame within the 1980s heyday of professional wrestling, battling superstars similar to Hulk Hogan, Andre the Large and The Undertaker for World Wrestling Leisure, then referred to as the WWF, or World Wrestling Federation

Wrestling icon Bret “The Hitman” Hart stated Harris performed “a terrifying monster” within the ring, together with his tribal masks, face paint and physique paint on his 6′7”, 380-pound body. However the actuality couldn’t have been extra completely different. 

“Not like his heel character, he was one of many friendliest, nicest, happy-go-lucky guys I ever knew in professional wrestling,” Hart wrote on Instagram. “All the time a form and glad mild soul. I’ll miss him for at all times being so good to me.” 

Additionally in contrast to his character, Harris was not from Uganda. He was from Mississippi.  

“I’ve by no means been to Uganda,” Harris instructed Bleacher Report in a 2014 profile:

In 2012, Harris instructed Memphis CBS station WREG that he was working as a truck driver when wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler steered the character to him. 

“Lawler noticed me and stated I bought a good suggestion for you,” Harris stated. “He put the paint and stuff on me and so they put the little skirt on me. I like doing that sort of stuff.”

Harris stated the game was good, however the cash wasn’t and after more and more sporadic appearances for a distinct group, he lastly tapped out of wrestling for good in 2010. 

“Individuals assume I earned tens of millions of {dollars} as a result of I wrestled guys like Hogan,” Harris instructed The Tampa Bay Occasions final 12 months. “That’s not the reality.”

Harris ultimately went again to driving vehicles till he suffered a collection of well being setbacks, dropping each of his legs to diabetes in 2011. He was reportedly on life help in 2017 after a medical emergency. 

“Kamala was one of the vital plausible monsters in wrestling,” wrote Casanova. “He performed the function completely, however was additionally one of many nicest guys you can meet.” 

Others additionally paid tribute to the mild big:

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