King Kong Bundy, WWE Wrestler, Died at the Age of 61
King Kong Bundy, the pro wrestler best known for facing off against Hulk Hogan in his prime, has died at 61. His longtime manager, David Herro, announced the news Monday night on Facebook but did not describe the cause of death.
“Today we lost a legend and a man I consider family. Rest in peace Chris,” Herro wrote, using the wrestler’s real name, Christopher Pallies.
Authorities have not yet revealed the cause of the famous wrestler’s death. The wrestling industry and fans have shared their memories of the wrestler, calling him a “hero” and an “icon”.
King Kong Bundy, WWE Wrestler, Died
Hearing news that King Kong Bundy has passed away. Another icon of a golden era. Rest in Power big man 👊🏼 pic.twitter.com/GLgXUiKtXr
— Clinton Davey (@ClintonDavey) March 5, 2019
The King Kong Bundy character was developed by Mr Pallies on the New Jersey wrestling scene, where he capitalised on his immense size. According to his official WWE profile, he weighed more then 458lbs (208kg), and was known as the “walking condominium”.
Overwhelmed by King Kong Bundy’s passing, only great memories,R.I.P. big man until we meet again. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) March 5, 2019
King Kong Bundy was planning to appear at a wrestling convention next month in New York, and tweeted about it shortly before he died.
Bundy was part of a class-action lawsuit filed against WWE in 2016, which alleged the company failed to protect wrestlers against head injuries that led to brain damage. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2018.
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