Pro Wrestling Stars Pay Tribute To “Kamala” James Harris, GoFundMe Setup For Wife

Several pro wrestling stars have taken to Twitter in the last 24 hours to remember Kamala (James Harris). WWE, AEW, Impact Wrestling and the NWA have also posted tributes to the WWE Legend.

Kamala passed away at the age of 70 on Sunday after going into cardiac arrest. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 this past Wednesday, and was hospitalized that night. He likely contracted the coronavirus from one of his numerous weekly visits to the dialysis center. While Kamala went into cardiac arrest and passed away Sunday afternoon, he reportedly seemed fine and in good spirits as recent as Sunday morning.

Hulk Hogan tweeted: “Very sadden by the passing of Big Jim’Kamala’,like everyone else I would always ask if it was ok to take the leg drop for the finish as requested by the office.Jim would always say ‘let’s just keep making that money’,he was such a kind soul,RIP big brother,only love4U HH”

Goldberg also tweeted and said Kamala was the first wrestler he saw live: “Saddened to hear the news of the passing of the great #Kamala……. first wrestler I had the pleasure of seeing live. I was a believer. [fist emoji] [folded hands emoji]”

Mick Foley wrote about a night they worked together in 1986: “I am so sorry to learn of the passing of James “Kamala” Harris. I wrestled him for 90 seconds in 1986, but the lesson he taught me that night about treating others with respect has never been forgotten. #RIPKamala”

On a related note, reporter Jason King has set up a GoFundMe page to benefit Kamala’s wife, Emmer Jean. King is who first reported Kamala’s COVID-19 diagnosis after speaking with Emmer on Sunday. The page currently has raised $1,723 of a $10,000 goal, with 31 donors as of this writing.

Here are more tributes to Kamala:

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I’m heartbroken to hear of the passing away of Big Jim Harris, aka Kamala. I met Jim in 1981 in Croydon, close to London England where he was breaking in as The Mississippi Mauler working with Big Daddy Crabtree. I caught up with him 3 years later as Kamala in WWE when he was a terrifying monster heel working on top with Hulk Hogan. Unlike his heel character, he was one of the friendliest, nicest, happy-go-lucky guys I ever knew in pro wrestling. I had the pleasure of working with him in 1992 when I was WWE champion. He was great to work with and I smile at the memories of him laughing so hard at my infamous blackboard drawings. He had a great sense of humour and, like Andre, he’d race into the dressing room to see what my latest cartoon was about. He always had a big smile despite all his challenges, including the loss of both legs. Always a kind and happy gentle soul. I’ll miss him for always being so good to me. R.I.P. Big Jim Harris.

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