James Harris, the man who played wrestling icon Kamala, died at the age of 70. "The Ugandan Giant" was a unique character who operated both in and out of the ring in a memorable way.
Harris, billed at 6-foot-7 and 380-pounds, feuded with the then WWF's top stars including Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker and Andre The Giant. From wrestling barefoot to the incessant stomach slaps while walking around the ring, Kamala was a performer who earned and deserved attention from the fans and his foes alike.
The wrestling world took to social media to share their thoughts and memories.
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I'm heartbroken to hear of the passing away of Big Jim Harris, aka Kamala. I met Jim in 1981 in Croydon, close to London England where he was breaking in as The Mississippi Mauler working with Big Daddy Crabtree. I caught up with him 3 years later as Kamala in WWE when he was a terrifying monster heel working on top with Hulk Hogan. Unlike his heel character, he was one of the friendliest, nicest, happy-go-lucky guys I ever knew in pro wrestling. I had the pleasure of working with him in 1992 when I was WWE champion. He was great to work with and I smile at the memories of him laughing so hard at my infamous blackboard drawings. He had a great sense of humour and, like Andre, he'd race into the dressing room to see what my latest cartoon was about. He always had a big smile despite all his challenges, including the loss of both legs. Always a kind and happy gentle soul. I'll miss him for always being so good to me. R.I.P. Big Jim Harris.
My deepest condolences to the family of James Harris. I first saw him on TV when I was a child in the UK and at live shows as "The Missisippi Mauler" Big Jim Harris and then had the pleasure of being on shows with him in the US. A lovely man. https://t.co/dfYathRlyK— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) August 10, 2020
Another legend who deserved to be in @WWE Hall of Fame and ALIVE when that time came. An all around great talent and good guy that got over and stood out wherever he went. RIP to the great "Ugandan Giant" Kamala. His memory will live on forever. ~PHS#RIPKamala #Kamala #WWE #WWF pic.twitter.com/LnxIM0D59F— Elijah Burke (@DaBlackPope) August 10, 2020
RIP Kamala. I'm happy I had the opportunity to share a locker room with him many years ago. A giant of a gentleman. Godspeed sir. pic.twitter.com/G20iYuoojC— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) August 9, 2020
The Ugandan Warrior Kamala was an amazing performer— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) August 9, 2020
I enjoyed all of his stuff
A character like that can never exist in todays world
Sad to hear his passing pic.twitter.com/HbkJJYozAU