WWE legend Kamala has passed away at the age of 70. His cause of death is complications from diabetes brought on by Covid-19.
Born James Harris, Kamala started wrestling professionally in 1978 under the name "Sugar Bear" Harris. He won his first championship in 1979 when he teamed up with Oki Shikina (to win the NWA Tri-State Tag Team Championship). In 1980, he won the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (under the name "Bad News" Harris).
In 1984, Kamala joined the World Wrestling Federation, with Freddie Blassie as his manager. During his time in the World Wrestling Federation, he wrestled the likes of Chief Jay Strongbow, Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Randy Savage, The Undertaker, and The Ultimate Warrior, to name a few.
After semi-retiring, he made sporadic appearances in WWE.
From 2002-2010, he did return to the ring, as part of Independent circuits TNA and JCW.
In 2011, Harris had his left leg amputated. He had been suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes since 1992.
Harris tested positive for Covid-19 on August 5, 2020 and was hospitalized. It is being reported that he may have contracted coronavirus during a weekly visit to the dialysis center. His new coronavirus diagnosis led him to experience complications with his diabetes. He went into cardiac arrest on August 9, 2020 and passed away later that afternoon.
WWE superstars past and present, along with fans, have poured out their condolences and memories of Kamala since the news of his death broke.