James ‘Kamala’ Harris, the US -born truck driver-turned professional wrestler has died.
Harris shot to fame in the 1980s and 90s as a terrorizing WWE wrestler who performed as Ugandan tribal warrior.
His death was confirmed in a statement by World Wrestling Entertainment, (WWE), who did not provide further details.
However, according Kenny Casanova, who co-wrote Mr. Harris’s autobiography, Kamala succumbed to Covid19.
Mr. Harris had suffered many health challenges in recent years and had both legs amputated because of diabetes complications.
In the ring, Kamala portrayed a fearsome Ugandan warrior who wrestled barefoot in war paint and a loincloth, and approached the ring wearing an African mask and carrying a spear and shield.
As part of his “savage” role, he would beat up opponents long after the match ended, as his handler, a masked man named Kim Chee, tried to keep him in line.
Kamala’s character as a vicious Ugandan headhunter was reportedly copied from a painting by Frank Frazetta.
His backstory was that he was a former bodyguard of former President Idi Amin.
At the peak of his career, he was a big fan favorite as he wrestled in the Mid-South, World Class Championship Wrestling, WCW and WWE until 2006.