EX WWE & WWF: KING KONG BUNDY DEAD AT 61

Pro wrestling legendKing Kong Bundy-- who famously battledHulk Hoganat Wrestlemania 2 -- has died, WWE confirms. He was 61. 

Details surrounding Bundy's death are unclear. We're working on it. 

Bundy was a monster in the ring -- billed at 6'4", 458 pounds -- he mauled opponents and usually made the refs count to 5 instead of 3 ... just to prove his dominance. 

He made his WWF debut in 1985 -- while managed by the "Mouth of the South,"Jimmy Hart. He became so popular, so fast,Vince McMahonsmartly booked him to take on Hulk Hogan in a steel cage match at Wrestlemania 2 in 1986. 

Bundy lost the match, but became an even BIGGER star. In fact, he booked national commercials and even had cameos on huge shows like "Married with Children," "Weird Science" and "Boy Meets World."

Bundy left WWE (then WWF) in the late '80s ... but returned in 1994 as part of The Million Dollar Corporation and picked up right where he left off, destroying people. 

The wrestling world is already paying tribute to Bundy -- real name, Christopher Pallies.

Hulk Hogan issued a statement saying, "Overwhelmed by King Kong Bundy’s passing, only great memories,R.I.P. big man until we meet again."

Brutus "The Barber" Beefcaketweeted, "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."

Mick Foleysaid, "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."

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