Legendary WWE wrestler King Kong Bundy dies aged 61

by Samuel Abasi Posted on March 5th, 2019

Glassboro, New Jersey: Professional wrestler King Kong Bundy has died at age 61.

Promoter and longtime friend David Herro says Bundy died on Monday. Herro posted on Facebook: “Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family.” The cause of death and other details were not disclosed.

Bundy, whose real name was Christopher Pallies, was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 6-foot-4 (1.93 meters), 458-pound (208-kilogram) wrestler made his World Wrestling Federation debut in 1981.

He was best known for facing Hulk Hogan in 1986 in a steel cage match at WrestleMania 2, which Hogan won.

Bundy had guest appearances on the sitcom “Married…with Children.”

He was planning to appear next month at WrestleCon in New York City.

The professional wrestling world took to social media to share their condolences:

WWE is saddened to learn that King Kong Bundy has passed away.https://t.co/SNrSunQYeQ— WWE (@WWE) March 5, 2019

I met King Kong Bundy in 1999. I had just started training and was helping out backstage at the show he was on. I’ll always remember him being really funny and just such a great guy. I wish I had been lucky enough to cross paths with him again. My thoughts go out to his family.— Kejwhdbmwkiajdbsn (@FightOwensFight) March 5, 2019

R.I.P. King Kong Bundy…another great wrestling talent gone too soon. He will be missed, but he’s in good company now, like in this match… https://t.co/rhqsDS5qAD— Jerry Lawler (@JerryLawler) March 5, 2019

#KingKongBundy 🙏🏾going to miss you my friend !!! Thank you for paving the way #RestEasy #WweLegend pic.twitter.com/EQh7Dmw6i3— JR RIKISHI FATU (@TheREALRIKISHI) March 5, 2019

Damn. RIP King Kong Bundy. I was barely 19 when I wrestled him. pic.twitter.com/0u8EXVpxiq— Colt Cabana (@ColtCabana) March 5, 2019

I never met King Kong Bundy but if it wasn’t for King Kong Bundy, I might never have been a Hulkamaniac. RIP.— Joey Ryan (@JoeyRyanOnline) March 5, 2019

Rest In Peace King Kong Bundy.— Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels) March 5, 2019

sucks to hear the passing of King Kong Bundy, only met you once and you actually said hello to me first by name, couldn’t believe you knew me.. you paved the way for big men today RIP #FIVE— RIGGS (@realscottyriggs) March 5, 2019

True LEGEND #KingKongBundy leaves us….tremendous talent/wrestler and his pure athleticism for a big man was excellent! #5Count #RIP 🙏— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) March 5, 2019

Rest In Peace to the true master of the Five Count. Condolences to his loved ones. #KingKongBundy— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) March 5, 2019

OMG can’t hardly believe my friend Chris Pallies aka King Kong Bundy has passed away. Very sad news he was a kind soul. Rest In Peace Brother until we meet again.— Brutus Beefcake (@brutusbeefcake_) March 5, 2019

Wow. King Kong Bundy was soooo good and ahead of his time. He was a machine and he never ran out of gas. @WWEBigE stole his 5 count in NXT too. #RIP— All Might Big Rus (@RusevBUL) March 5, 2019

Hate to hear about the passing of King Kong Bundy. He was so cool to me when I walked in that @WWE dressing room as an absolute nobody in 1986.— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) March 5, 2019

RIP my friend. Thanks for your humor and kindness. #KingKongBundy pic.twitter.com/MdzLtvyy6S— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) March 5, 2019

So sad to learn of King Kong Bundy passing away. A true legendary big man who paved the way for a lot of us. A true gentleman and so kind to be around. God bless you. pic.twitter.com/iDyZR865mD— Abyss (@TherealAbyss) March 5, 2019

Image: King Kong Bundy (Christopher Alan Pallies) attends Chiller Theater Expo Winter 2017 at Parsippany Hilton on Oct. 28, 2017 in Parsippany, N.J.

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