Professional wrestler King Kong Bundy dies at age 61

    King Kong Bundy, the 6-foot-4 (193-centimeter) professional wrestler best known for facing Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania 2, has died. He was 61.

    Bundy died Monday, said promoter and longtime friend David Herro. He posted on Facebook : “Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family.” The cause of death and other details were not disclosed.

    Bundy, whose real name was Christopher Pallies, was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 458-pound (208-kilogram) wrestler made his World Wrestling Federation debut in 1981.

    He faced Hogan in 1986 in a steel cage match at WrestleMania 2, which Hogan won. WWE said he was one of the “greatest … big men to lace up a set of boots.”

    Hogan tweeted he was “overwhelmed” by Bundy’s death. “R.I.P. big man until we meet again. HH.”

    Bundy had guest appearances on the sitcom “Married … with Children,” in which the family on the show shared the Bundy name.

    He left the WWF, which later became World Wrestling Entertainment, in the late 1980s but returned in 1994 as part of The Million Dollar Corporation, a group managed by “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase.

    Bundy had been planning to appear next month at WrestleCon in New York City.q

     

    You May Also Like

    ‘Atlas of Beer’ surveys beer culture around the world

    By BETH J. HARPAZ AP Travel Editor Think of beer and you may think ...

    Skyping the doctor? Poll shows it’s not just for the young

      By LAURAN NEERGAARD EMILY SWANSON Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Every morning, 92-year-old ...

    Rap artists and women take center stage at Grammys

    Rap artists and women have felt shunned by the Grammy Awards in recent years. ...

    Woodstock 50 concert organizers sue investor that backed out

    A dispute over the future of the Woodstock 50 festival has spiraled into a ...

    Serena Williams launches pop-up shop during Art Basel Miami

    Strong. Sophisticated. Sexy. Like the tennis champ herself, Serena Williams’ fashion line is all ...

    A peek at how Disney resort shows are made

    With excitement building over a new “Star Wars” land opening later this year at ...