WWE Star King Kong Bundy Dead At 61

WWE Wrestler King Kong Bundy Dead
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Mar. 5 2019, Published 2:39 p.m. ET

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WWE legend King Kong Bundy has passed away at age 61, has learned.

World Wrestling Entertainment promotor David Herro first announced the iconic wrestler passed away on Monday, March 4.

"Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family. Rest in Peace Chris. We love you. Thank you for believing in me," Herro wrote in a Facebook post.

King Kong, whose real name is Christopher Alan Pallies, was famous for his hulking size — he stood 6 feet, 4 inches and weighed in at over 450 pounds — and his signature move, the Avalanche Splash.

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According to WWE, King Kong “was so dominant that he demanded referees count to five when he pinned his opponents to show that there was no way they were getting up.”

Born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey, King Kong, known as the “walking condominium,” shot to WWE fame when he debuted his skills and took down Special Delivery Jones in seconds at the very first Wrestlemania event in 1984.

He retired from the ring in the mid-1990s, but continued to work as a stand-up comedian and actor.

Christopher Alan Pallies

A cause of death is still unknown.

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