Former WWE Superstar King Kong Bundy has passed away. The WrestleMania headliner was just 61 years of age.
Monday was an extremely sad day for both the music and movie worlds. We woke up to the news that Keith Flint, lead singer of The Prodigy, had passed away at just 49. Hours later it was revealed to the world that actor Luke Perry had also died. The 52-year-old Riverdale star had suffered a stroke just five days earlier.
As we still try to get to grips with the passing of those two stars, the wrestling world has now also been knocked for six. It was revealed during the early hours of Tuesday morning that King Kong Bundy has died at the age of 61. Bundy's good friend David Herro broke the news on Facebook writing "today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family."
According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, Herro was asked by Bundy's family to let fans know the former wrestler had passed. What caused his death is unknown at this time. Bundy, whose real name is Chris Pallies, began his wrestling career in 1981. However, it did not take him long to rise through the ranks. By 1985 he had signed with WWE, and before the end of that year, he already had his sights set on WWE Champion Hulk Hogan.
Although Bundy never managed to capture the elusive World Championship, his most famous moment came when he fought for it at WrestleMania II. The two of them fought inside of a steel cage with Hogan eventually winning the match. Although he technically went into semi-retirement just two years later, he continued to wrestle on a part-time basis all the way up until 2007.
Bundy hasn't been particularly active on the wrestling scene since then but did continue to work on his acting career after he hung up his boots. Bundy's unique look and presence in WWE during the latter half of the 1980s make him an iconic part of the industry for that time period. We truly thought he was already a Hall Of Famer, as he deserves to be, but apparently, he's not. Sadly, if he does ever receive that accolade, he will now not be here to claim it in person.