Outrageous make up and a leopard loincloth, coupled with the ability to leapfrog over opponents in a single bound forged the identity of a character who would command attention at public events, requiring police protection from burgeoning crowds pressing to take pictures.
As one Kamala Harris walks onto the world stage as Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential running mate, another Kamala Harris departs, leaving wrestling fans worldwide mourning the loss. WWE wrestling star, James Harris, aka Kamala, has passed away at the age of 70.
Even though he enjoyed sharing the name of a California senator, he made his 2020 presidential bid to “Make America GIANT again.” On March 19, 2019, Kamala Harris tweeted, “I’m going to win this election by a landslide. Believe in me because I believe in you. 👍🏽👍🏽 #kamalaforpresident.”
I’m headed down the campaign trail. Need your votes & support to “Make America GIANT Again!” …It's now 10:30am. Order my shirt by midnight for 20% off with code: AMERICA at https://t.co/YUlHbMDR0Q ⭐️⭐️🌙 pic.twitter.com/fQoRC8xFCD
— James Kamala Harris (@KamalaSpeaks) July 4, 2019
The Mississippi-born sharecropper who gained international fame as “Kamala the Ugandan Giant,” a massive professional wrestler who terrorized opponents with his trademark “splash,” began his wrestling career as Sugar Bear Harris and under other names but wasn’t considered successful in the ring. It wasn’t until a promoter suggested the Kamala gimmick loosely based on Ugandan dictator Idi Amin that his career took a turn.
WWE’s official statement reads, “WWE is saddened to learn that James Harris, known to WWE fans as Kamala, has passed away at age 70. 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 terrorized opponents and thrilled audiences in Mid-South, World Class Championship Wrestling, WCW and WWE until 2006. WWE extends its condolences to Harris’ family, friends and fans.