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Kamala Has Foot Amputated, Makes Me a Sad Nerd

Posted in Rasslin', TV with tags , , , , , , , on 11/18/2011 by Papa Nerd

If you are a wrestling fan, then you have probably seen the documentary Card Subject to Change on Netflix Instant.  As an old school fan, I was especially touched by the segment featuring James Harris, aka Kamala, the Ugandan Giant.  He talks about being 62 years old and still wrestling on indy shows while driving a truck full time.  He seems to be a man who is extremely grateful, and a genuinely nice man.

I grew up in Dallas in the eighties, and my family watched the weekly wrestling show, World Class Championship Wrestling.  Kamala was a fixture there for some time, feuding with pretty much everyone.  He had a great gimmick of some kind of primitive wild man, who could only be controlled by his masked handler, Kimchee, or General Skandor Akbar.  Here is a clip of him in action:

He was a favorite of mine when I was little.  I used to make my mom laugh because I would see Kamala and run around the house slapping my belly.  Even today, my son enjoys watching me do the Kamala.

Anyway, about a week or so ago, Kamala had to have his foot amputated due to complications from high blood pressure and diabetes, which is unfortunately common for a man of his age, size, and ethnicity.

From all the things I have read, Kamala is one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet, and I wish him the best.

I’m off to slap my belly.

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