The grappler’s passing at the age of 61 has been confirmed by his friend, wrestling promoter David Herro though it is unclear what the former sportsman – whose real name was Christopher Alan Pallies – died from.

David wrote on Facebook: “Today we lost a legend and a man I consider family. Rest in Peace Chris. We love you. Thank you for believing in me.”


Bundy famously took part in Wrestlemania’s first-ever steel cage match in 1986 but lost the bout to Hulk Hogan, and his former opponent took to Twitter to pay tribute to him.

He wrote: “Overwhelmed by King Kong Bundy’s passing, only great memories,R.I.P. big man until we meet again. HH (sic)”

A number of other WWE stars have paid tribute to Bundy – who turned to comedy and acting when he quit the ring in 1995 – and remembered his kindness.

Mick Foley tweeted: “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.”

Kevin Owens also recalled his first meeting with Bundy.

He wrote: “I met King Kong Bundy in 1999. I had just started training and was helping out backstage at the show he was on. I’ll always remember him being really funny and just such a great guy. I wish I had been lucky enough to cross paths with him again. My thoughts go out to his family.

Big E sent his respects to the late star’s family.

He wrote: “Rest In Peace to the true master of the Five Count. Condolences to his loved ones. #KingKongBundy (sic)”

Rusev tweeted: “Wow. King Kong Bundy was soooo good and ahead of his time. He was a machine and he never ran out of gas. @WWEBigE stole his 5 count in NXT too. #RIP (sic)”

Veteran wrestler Rikishi paid tribute to his “friend”.

He posted: “”#KingKongBundy going to miss you my friend !!! Thank you for paving the way #RestEasy #WweLegend (sic)”


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