WWE Legend Kamala Dies at 70
|WWE Legend Kamala Dies at 70|
Professional wrestling legend James Harris, best known for his time performing for WWF/WWE as Kamala, has passed on to the great beyond at the age of 70.
Legendary professional wrestler James Harris — best known for his time performing for WWF/WWE as Kamala — has kicked the bucket. He was 70 years old.
Harris’ death — the reason for which is unknown at this point — was reported by the @80sWrestling_ Twitter account, with the Cauliflower Alley Club — a company dedicated to financially aiding professional wrestlers who have fallen on adversity — subsequently issuing an announcement on the matter. “The CAC family wishes to increase our sincerest condolences to the family friends and fans the planet over upon the news that the legendary James ‘Kamala’ Harris has died at the age of 70,” the Cauliflower Alley Club wrote. “Rest in Peace James.” Various industry veterans have taken to social media to pay their respects to the departed legend similarly, including The Iron Sheik, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Tommy Dreamer and Chris Hero, just to call some. WWE itself has since paid tribute to Harris, as has All Elite Wrestling.
Born in Senatobia, Mississippi in May of 1950, Harris began his sport career in 1978 under the ring name “Sugar Bear” Harris. In 1982, Harris was offered employment at the Continental Wrestling Association by Lawler, who was a promoter at the time. The character of Kimala (later changed to Kamala) — who was billed from Uganda — was then developed by Harris, Lawler and CWA founder Jerry Jarrett. After wrestling for organizations like CWA, Mid-South Wrestling and World Class Championship Wrestling, Harris made his WWF debut as Kamala in 1984 and commenced feuding with the likes of Hulk Hogan and Andre the giant.
Throughout the ’80s and early ’90s, Harris left and returned to WWF multiple times, wrestling for other promotions within the interim. He briefly performed for WCW in 1995 (while he was semi-retired) and was even the one who suggested Hulk Hogan join the corporate. Harris went on to form various appearances as Kamala for WWF/WWE within the 2000s. His final WWE appearance came in 2006, though he continued working the independent circuit until 2010. Harris began experiencing severe and well-known health issues shortly thereafter, along with his left leg having to be amputated in November of 2011 because of complications from high pressure and diabetes, which go back to the first ’90s. His other leg was amputated only five months later. some years later in November of 2017, Harris was placed on life support following emergency surgery, though he did show signs of improvement. Once again, the official explanation for death isn’t currently known.