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King Kong Bundy (Chris Pallies) passed away this past Sunday at the age of 61. There has been no information made available on the reason for his death at this time. Bundy was best known as a main event villain in WWE. He debuted in the company in 1985 and was pushed into a main event program against Hulk Hogan that peaked with Bundy facing Hogan for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 2 in 1986.
Bundy was also known for his acting roles. He was the inspiration behind the name for the Bundy family on “Married…With Children.” He made several appearances on the show as the brother of Peggy Bundy. He also appeared in a small role in the Richard Pryor movie “Moving.”
Bundy was recently part of a lawsuit brought against WWE in 2016 that alleged the company hadn’t taken care of their performers properly when it came to neurological and concussion-based injures. The case was eventually dismissed by the U.S. District Court of Connecticut.
WWE issued a statement on Twitter confirming Bundy’s death:
WWE is saddened to learn that King Kong Bundy has passed away.https://t.co/SNrSunQYeQ
— WWE (@WWE) March 5, 2019