James Kamala Harris: The “Ugandan Giant” wrestler passes on due to COVID-19

World famous professional wrestler James Harris aka “Kamala The Ugandan giant”, has passed away aged 70, the world governing body WWE announced.

The 70 year old died because of COVID-19 after testing positive on 5th August 2020.

“WWE is saddened to learn that James Harris, known to WWE fans as Kamala, has passed away. WWE extends its condolences to Harris’ family, friends and fans,” the WWE said in statement.

Under the frightening face paint of Kamala, the 6-foot-7, 380-pound Harris battled the greatest Superstars in sports-entertainment history, including Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker and Andre the Giant.

He portrayed a fearsome and simpleminded Ugandan who wrestled barefoot in war paint and a loincloth, and approached the ring wearing an African mask and carrying a spear and shield

He terrorized opponents and thrilled audiences in Mid-South, World Class Championship Wrestling, WCW and WWE until 2006.

He was a favourite in Uganda, where the WWE was broadcast on most televisions stations in the eighties and nineties.

Kamala had battled several health issues and had both of his legs amputated due to diabetes.

Kamala (right)

On August 5, 2020, Harris tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized.

He likely contracted it from one of his numerous weekly visits to the dialysis center, his wife said.

Due to COVID-19, he started to experience complications from his diabetes.

He then went into cardiac arrest on August 9, 2020, before dying later that afternoon, at the age of 70.

James Harris Kamala

About Kamala:

Died: August 9, 2020

 Born: May 28, 1950, Senatobia, Mississippi, United States

Height: 2.01 m

Trained by: Tim Hampton

Height: 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)

Spouse: Sheila Stover (m. 1974–2005), Melissa Guzman


  • Continental Wrestling Association
    • AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Great Lakes Wrestling Association
    • GLWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • NWA Mississippi
    • NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • NWA Tri-State
    • NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Tri-State version) (1 time) – with Oki Shikina[
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #144 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the “PWI Years” in 2003.
  • Southeastern Championship Wrestling
    • NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (Northern Division) (1 time)
  • Southeastern Xtreme Wrestling
    • SXW Hardcore Championship (1 time)
  • Texas Wrestling Hall of Fame
    • Class of 2012
  • United States Wrestling Association
    • USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship (4 times

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