James Harris, a wrestler known as Kamala, dies

James Harris, a wrestler known as Kamala, dies
Wearing face paint, Harris thrilled fans as the ‘Ugandan Giant’ in the WWE, Mid-South Wrestling, WCW and World Class Championship Wrestling. (Source: Gray News)

(Gray News) - James Harris, who wrestled as Kamala, has died at the age of 70, the WWE announced Sunday night.

The man who co-wrote Harris’ autobiography says Harris died from COVID-19.

Harris’ wrestling career took off under the gimmick of Kamala after other characters failed.

Wearing face paint, Harris thrilled fans as the “Ugandan Giant” in the WWE, Mid-South Wrestling, WCW and World Class Championship Wrestling.

He battled wrestling superstars like Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant during the heyday of what was then known as the World Wrestling Federation in the 80s.

He recently had his legs amputated because of diabetes.

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