Kamala (wrestler)

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Kamala in 2009

James Harris (May 28, 1950 – August 9, 2020) was an American retired professional wrestler and author. For most of his career, Harris wrestled under the ring name Kamala, using a "wild savage" gimmick. He was born in Senatobia, Mississippi.[1]

On November 7, 2011, Harris had his left leg amputated below the knee due to complications of high blood pressure and diabetes, a condition he has had since 1992, but not accepting dialysis treatment, forcing him to retire on 2010.[2]

On November 19, 2017, Harris underwent "life-saving" emergency surgery at a hospital in Oxford, Mississippi.[3] The cause for the surgery was not disclosed.[4] Following the surgery, he was put on life support due to complications resulting from the surgery.[3]

On August 5, 2020 he tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized in New York City. He died four days later on August 9, aged 70.[5][6][7]

References[change | change source]

  1. Nation, Ryan (2007-09-16). "Kamala sings! Learning about the recording career of The Ugandan Giant". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-09-16.[permanent dead link]
  2. "A message from Kamala". Retrieved 2013-01-13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "WWE LEGEND KAMALA FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE AFTER SURGERY". TMZ. November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  4. "Wrestling Legend Kamala On Life Support, But 'Showing Signs Of Improvement'". Pro Wrestling Sheet. November 20, 2017. Archived from the original on November 21, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  5. Heel, N. "WWE Legend Kamala Passes Away". Heel By Nature. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  6. https://twitter.com/CACReunion/status/1292608961338920960?s=19
  7. "Kamala passes away". WWE. Retrieved August 9, 2020.