Wrestling legend King Kong Bundy dead at 61

Wrestling legend King Kong Bundy dead at 61

Bundy's friend, David Herro, broke the news on Twitter last night, with PW Insider corroborating the story soon after.

Bundy was appropriately called the "walking condominium", standing at an impressive 6-foot-4 and weighing 458 pounds.

After leaving the WWE for a few years and returning for a brief stint in 1994, Bundy took his work back to the independent scene.

Pallies was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey and was trained by Larry Sharpe at the World Famous Monster Factory, making his professional debut in 1981.

Legendary heel challenged Hulk Hogan for championship.

The cause of death and other details were not provided.

According to the WWE, he was so dominant that he demanded a five count instead of the traditional three in order to show his opponents were incapable of getting up. "We love you", he wrote on Facebook.

"Hate to hear about the passing of King Kong Bundy", tweeted Mick Foley.

However, he made history by winning a match against SD Jones in only nine seconds during the first Wrestlemania.

One of his biggest moments in WWE was wrestling Hulk Hogan for the title at Wrestlemania 2.

Semi-retired WWF wrestler Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake also said: "Can't believe my friend Chris Pallies aka King Kong Bundy has passed away".

He also played a part in The Undertaker's epic WrestleMania streak near the end of his WWE career, losing to The Undertaker at WrestleMania XI in 1995.

Bundy had posted a message on social media just hours before his passing.

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