Pro Wrestling Legend Kamala The 'Ugandan Giant' Dies Of Coronavirus

Written by on August 10, 2020

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

“Sadly, the rumors have 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 comparable 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 mentioned Harris performed “a terrifying monster” within the ring, along 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 blissful mild soul. I’ll miss him for all the time 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 recommended the character to him. 

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

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

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

Harris finally 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 assist in 2017 after a medical emergency. 

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

Others additionally paid tribute to the mild large:

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