As noted, WWE Legend King Kong Bundy passed away at the age of 61 on Monday.
There’s still no word on what led to Bundy’s passing but as noted, PWInsider reported that Bundy had been dealing with some health issues as of late. Wrestling promoter David Herro noted on Twitter that the family will be making a statement through Bundy’s official Twitter page later. Herro, who worked with Bundy and first broke the news of his passing, wrote in a tweet, “I spoke with the family of #KingKongBundy and they would really appreciate some space and privacy so they can all grieve & heal. They thank all the fans for their love and well wishes. It means the world to them. They will make a statement later thru @RealKKBundy“
Several wrestling stars took to social media to remember Bundy today. Former WWE Superstar Enzo Amore has received a ton of heat from fans and wrestlers for getting Bundy mixed up with WWE Hall of Famer George “The Animal” Steele, who passed away at the age of 79 in 2017. Enzo tweeted, “#RIPKingKongBuddy the epitome of prowrestlin i recall goin 2 shows @ MSG w/ my grandparents, my Grandma Raphaela loved em & hyped em up the whole ride in, plenty of wrestlers risked it all that night, but I never forgot the guy w/ the green tongue who ate the turnbuckle”
???? #RIPKingKongBuddy the epitome of prowrestlin i recall goin 2 shows @ MSG w/ my grandparents, my Grandma Raphaela loved em & hyped em up the whole ride in, plenty of wrestlers risked it all that night, but I never forgot the guy w/ the green tongue who ate the turnbuckle ????
? nZo (FKA Enzo Amore) (@real1) March 5, 2019
Triple H remembered Bundy as a WrestleMania attraction and a true big man. He wrote, “Saddened to hear of King Kong Bundy’s passing. A WrestleMania attraction, a true big man and a fan-favorite of the @WWE Universe. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”
WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan, who headlined the Los Angeles portion of WrestleMania 2 with Bundy in a Steel Cage, said he was overwhelmed by the news. Hogan tweeted, “Overwhelmed by King Kong Bundy’s passing, only great memories,R.I.P. big man until we meet again. HH”
Below are tweets on Bundy from Triple H, Hogan, Rusev, Kevin Owens, Ken Shamrock, Shane Helms, Big E, WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi, Adam Pearce, WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase, Brutus Beefcake, Taz, Chris Parks and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler:
Saddened to hear of King Kong Bundy’s passing. A WrestleMania attraction, a true big man and a fan-favorite of the @WWE Universe. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/w8NGxRL9lk
? Triple H (@TripleH) March 5, 2019
Overwhelmed by King Kong Bundy’s passing, only great memories,R.I.P. big man until we meet again. HH
? Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) March 5, 2019
Yes this my favorite Kong photo,Bundy laughed his head off when I first found out it was his favorite photo for his signings/appearances love u my brother HH pic.twitter.com/E8NSmQFEks
? Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) March 5, 2019
? All Might Big Rus (@RusevBUL) March 5, 2019
? KEN SHAMROCK (@ShamrockKen) March 5, 2019
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.
? Kejwhdbmwkiajdbsn (@FightOwensFight) March 5, 2019
? Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) March 5, 2019
Rest In Peace to the true master of the Five Count. Condolences to his loved ones. #KingKongBundy
? Florida Man (@WWEBigE) March 5, 2019
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.
? Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) March 5, 2019
? JR RIKISHI FATU (@TheREALRIKISHI) March 5, 2019
Godspeed, King Kong Bundy. When I was just starting in this crazy industry, you didn’t have to help me. You did. I’m grateful for our brief time shared and for the memories. Rest well, sir. ?? https://t.co/9u4DKlEdQa
? Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) March 5, 2019
I’m saddened by the passing of King Kong Bundy. Great guy, who I’ve known most of my career. RIP my friend. pic.twitter.com/Ado3QEq7xA
? Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) March 5, 2019
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.
? Brutus Beefcake (@brutusbeefcake_) March 5, 2019
? TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) March 5, 2019
So sad to learn of King Kong Bundy passing away. A true legendary big man who paved the way for a lot of us. A true gentleman and so kind to be around. God bless you. pic.twitter.com/iDyZR865mD
? Abyss (@TherealAbyss) March 5, 2019
R.I.P. King Kong Bundy…another great wrestling talent gone too soon. He will be missed, but he’s in good company now, like in this match… https://t.co/rhqsDS5qAD
? Jerry Lawler (@JerryLawler) March 5, 2019