Wrestling world reacts to the death of James Harris, WWE's Kamala

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James Harris, the man who played wrestling icon Kamala, died at the age of 70. "The Ugandan Giant" was a unique character who operated both in and out of the ring in a memorable way.

Harris, billed at 6-foot-7 and 380-pounds, feuded with the then WWF's top stars including Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker and Andre The Giant. From wrestling barefoot to the incessant stomach slaps while walking around the ring, Kamala was a performer who earned and deserved attention from the fans and his foes alike.

The wrestling world took to social media to share their thoughts and memories.

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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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