Wrestler death: Pro WWE wrestler King Kong Bundy dead

- 3/10/2019
WRESTLER'S DEATH adds to growing list of premature passing in the sport.

Popular Professional wrestler King Kong Bundy is dead. The larger than life sports entertainer who rose to fame in the 1980s was 61 years old.
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His memorable steel cage battles with Hulk Hogan highlighted the beginning of his popularity.
Fellow wrestlers and fans pay tribute. News of Bundy's death, whose real name was Christopher Pallies, was shared on Facebook by his long-time friend David Herro.

Mr Herro wrote: "Today we lost a legend and a man I consider family. Rest in peace Chris. We love you."

Authorities have not yet revealed the cause of the famous wrestler's death.

The industry and hundreds of fans have shared their memories of the wrestler, calling him a "hero" and an "icon".

In a statement published on its website, the world's biggest wrestling organization, the WWE said it was "saddened to learn that WWE legend King Kong Bundy has passed away".

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According to the company King Kong Bundy was:  "one of the greatest and most eye-catching big men to lace up a set of boots"

An intimidating creation. The King Kong Bundy character was developed by Mr Pallies on the New Jersey wrestling scene, where he capitalised on his immense size.

A truly big man: According to his official WWE profile, he weighed more then 458lbs (208kg), and was known as the "walking condominium".

A history making wrestler. He made his debut in 1981, where he quickly developed his signature move 'the five count'.

Audiences would delight as he demanded the referee count to five, rather than the customary three as he pinned his opponent to the mat.

Even though he rose quickly to international fame, it was Bundy's rivalry with the great Hulk Hogan in the mid 1980s, that really cemented his name as a force to reckon with in Wrestling.
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Former rival Hulk Hogan paid tribute to King Kong Bundy
At his death, Mr Hogan expressed his sadness at the passing of his former-rival, saying he was "overwhelmed" by the news.

Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, The Iron Sheik, wrote "goodbye big man" along with a photo of the wrestler.

King Kong Bundy was planning to appear at a wrestling convention next month in New York, and tweeted about it shortly before he died.

Outside of the ring, Bundy  made a number of Television sitcom appearances, including roles in hit comedy 'Married...with Children".

Rest in peace Big man. Thanks for the memories.

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