King Kong Bundy dead at age 61, cause of death were not disclosed

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King Kong Bundy dead at age 61, cause of death were not disclosed
King Kong Bundy dead at age 61, cause of death were not disclosed

King Kong Bundy dead at age 61, cause of death were not disclosed.

Wrestling legend King Kong Bundy is dead at age 61, according to multiple reports.

“Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family. Rest in Peace Chris. We love you. Thank you for believing in me,” his friend and wrestling promoter David Herro wrote on Facebook.

Additional details, including a cause of death, have not been announced.

Bundy, whose real name was Christopher Alan Pallies, entered the WWF in the 1980s and rose to fame as a rival of Hulk Hogan. The pair faced off for the world heavyweight championship at WrestleMania 2 in 1986; Hogan won the steel cage match, reportedly ending Bundy’s streak of 300 consecutive wins.

Pallies, a New Jersey native, lived up to the “King Kong” moniker at 6-foot-4 and 458 pounds, plus a larger-than-life personality. Other famous matches included “The Colossal Jostle” with Andre the Giant, a Survivor Series showdown with Bam Bam Bigelow, and a 1995 bout with The Undertaker.

Pallies made memorable appearances on “Married… with Children” both as Peggy Bundy’s brother Uncle Irwin and as himself, King Kong Bundy; the show’s Bundy family was reportedly named after him as a tribute.

He also performed on the independent wrestling circuit and appeared on “WWE Raw,” as well as the TV show “Boy Meets World” and the Richard Pryor movie “Moving.”

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