WWE legend King Kong Bundy has died at the age of just 61.
The wrestler, real name Christopher Alan Pallies, had tweeted only four hours before his death.
WWE King Kong Bundy was best known for wrestling Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 2
Bundy, who was born in New Jersey, is best known for fighting Hulk Hogan in the main event at Wrestlemania 2.
He was a staple in the WWF during the mid-Eighties and Nineties, wrestling iconic names such as the Undertaker and Andre the Giant.
Bundy’s lifelong friend David Herro, an American wrestling promoter, wrote on social media that his pal had died after being asked by Bundy’s family to inform his fans. The cause of death is not yet known.
He said: “Today we lost a legend and a man I consider family. Rest in peace Chris. We love you. Thank you for believing in me.”
Hate to hear about the passing of King Kong Bundy. He was so cool to me when I walked in that @WWE dressing room as an absolute nobody in 1986.— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) March 5, 2019
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A tweet posted from Bundy’s official Twitter page apparently just four hours before his death said he was due to appear with Al Snow at a meet and greet next month.
Gargantuan Bundy, whose billed height was 6ft 4ins and weight a massive 32st, defeated SD Jones in just nine seconds at the very first Wrestlemania.
That went down in history as the grappling showpiece’s shortest match until 2008.
Bundy was a part of more history when his feud with Hogan culminated in Wrestlemania’s first steel cage match at Wrestlemania 2 in April 1986.
WWE Bundy was a huge name in wrestling in the mid-Eighties
WWE Bundy was a huge presence, literally and metaphorically, in wrestling
WWE King Kong Bundy’s match against Hulk Hogan went down in history
OMG can’t hardly believe my friend Chris Pallies aka King Kong Bundy has passed away. Very sad news he was a kind soul. Rest In Peace Brother until we meet again.— Brutus Beefcake (@brutusbeefcake_) March 5, 2019
So sad to learn of King Kong Bundy passing away. A true legendary big man who paved the way for a lot of us. A true gentleman and so kind to be around. God bless you. pic.twitter.com/iDyZR865mD— Abyss (@TherealAbyss) March 5, 2019
Hogan won that night but Bundy’s place in wrestling history was assured.
A move into acting followed his retirement from wrestling in 2007 after defeat to ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan.
Bundy played a part on hit US TV show Married… with Children. It is claimed the lead character Al Bundy, played by Ed O’Neill, was named in the late wrestler’s honour.
The late wrestler also starred alongside Richard Pryor in 1988 film Moving, which went on to make more than £8million at the box office.