King Kong Bundy, the pro wrestler best known for facing off against Hulk Hogan in his prime, has died at 61. His longtime manager, David Herro, announced the news Monday night on Facebook but did not describe the cause of death.
“Today we lost a legend and a man I consider family. Rest in peace Chris,” Herro wrote, using the wrestler’s real name, Christopher Pallies.
Bundy made his World Wrestling Federation debut in 1981, and his most iconic wrestling moment came five years later when he battled Hogan in a steel cage match at Wrestlemania 2. Hogan won the match. Bundy left the WWF in the late ’80s but came back in 1994 as part of the Million Dollar Corporation, by which time the WWF had changed its name to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
“Overwhelmed by King Kong Bundy’s passing, only great memories,” Hogan wrote on Twitter after news of Bundy’s death. “R.I.P. big man until we meet again.”
“He was one of the greatest and most eye-catching big men to lace up a set of boots,” the WWE wrote in an obituary.