King Kong Bundy, an iconic World Wrestling Entertainment superstar who was one of the biggest men to ever enter this organization’s ring, has passed away.
He was 61 years old.
Standing at 6-foot-4 and 458 pounds, Bundy (who real name was Christopher Pallies) was often referred to as the "walking condominium."
The cause of his death is unknown at this time, but WWE officials confirmed his past on Tuesday via a message that reads:
WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Legend King Kong Bundy has passed away.
The sight of Bundy stepping between the ropes was intimidating enough, but his crushing offense proved that he was every bit as destructive as advertised.
In fact, Bundy was so dominant that he demanded referees count to five when he pinned his opponents to show that there was no way they were getting up.
Born in Atlantic City, King Kong Bundy was best known for facing Hulk Hogan in 1986 in a steel cage match at WrestleMania 2, even though Hogan ultimately prevailed.
Bundy also found himself opposite or alongside many of the other biggest names of the era, including Andre the Giant, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and The Undertaker.
Bundy started his professional wrestling career in 1984 and late about five years later, only to return as part of The Million Dollar Corporation in 1994.
During this time, he faced off against many big name opponents, including The Undertaker at WrestleMania XI.
"Today we lost a legend and a man I consider family," Bundy’s promoter and friend David Herro wrote on Facebook on Monday, adding:
"Rest in Peace Chris. We love you. Thank you for believing in me. #KingKongBundy."
Bundy also crossed over into pop culture, making appearances on television shows such a Married with Children and Boy Meets World.
He even starred prominently alongside The Undertaker, Diesel, Shawn Michaels and Paul Bearer in a mid-1990s "This is SportsCenter" commercial.
Not long after this sad news went viral, tributes to King Kong Bundy poured forth from those in the WWE universe.
Wrote Brutus Beefcake:
OMG can’t hardly believe my friend Chris Pallies aka King Kong Bundy has passed away. Very sad news he was a kind soul. Rest In Peace Brother until we meet again.
And Hulk Hogan:
Overwhelmed by King Kong Bundy’s passing. Only great memories,R.I.P. big man until we meet again. HH.
In 2016, Bundy was one of many wrestlers who sued WWE for failing to provide adequate care for its talent, resulting in "long term neurological injuries."
However, in 2018, the case was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Vanessa Lynne Bryant.
We send our condolences to his family members, friends and loved ones.
May King Kong Bundy rest in peace.