Pro wrestler King Kong Bundy dies at 61

Wrestling promoter David Herro made the announcement on Facebook on Monday.

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

Bundy competed for a number of territories before earning his greatest notoriety during the 1980s in the then WWF. As the prototypical "monster heel" Bundy was able to amplify the heroics of those like Hulk Hogan.

"Today we lost a Legend of a performer and someone that I considered family", Herro wrote. No cause of death was immediately given. Bundy was so dominant that he had referees count to five instead of three, making it more hard to secure a pinfall. "We love you. Thank you for believing in me".

He dominated the first WrestleMania event at Madison Square Garden in 1985, defeating S.D Jones in just nine seconds, setting a record which remained until 2008.

In all, Bundy had two tenures with WWE, the latter of which concluded in the fall of 1995.

Tributes for the former wrestler began to come out on social media as everyone began to learn of his passing.

Bundy was also part of the Transworld Wrestling Federation when he appeared at an event to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania in 1996. Known for his massive size and for signature moves including his avalanche splash, he battled Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in a steel cage match at 1986's WrestleMania 2.

Later in his career, King got one more run in WWE highlighted by a coveted match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania XI.



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