Brodie Lee, aka Luke Harper, dead at 41: AEW and ex-WWE star dies after battle with 'non Covid related lung issue'
WRESTLER Jon Huber, also known as Brodie Lee, has died.
The 41-year-old, also known as Luke Harper, died of a "non-Covid related lung issue," his wife, Amanda Huber wrote on Instagram.
"My best friend died today," she wrote. "I never wanted to write out those words. My heart is broken."
"The world saw him as the amazing @brodielee (fka Luke Harper) but he was my best friend, my husband, and the greatest father you would ever meet.
"No words can express the love I feel or how broken I am right now," she added.
Huber said her husband "passed surrounded by love ones after a hard fought battle with a non Covid related lung issue."
All Elite Wrestling shared a statement offering condolences to Huber's family, saying the community is "heartbroken."
"In an industry filled with good people, Jon Huber was exceptionally respected and beloved in every way – a fierce and captivating talent, a thoughtful mentor and simply a very kind soul that starkly contradicted his persona as Mr. Brodie Lee," AEW said in a statement.
"Jon's love for his wife Amanda, and children Brodie and Nolan, was evident to all of us who were fortunate to spend time with him, and we send our love and support to his beautiful family, today and always."
Other tributes poured in for the late wrestler, including from Braun Strowman who simply wrote: "I’m at a loss for words!!!!!"
Strowman also included a picture with Braun.
Ettore Ewen, known by his name Big E, also hailed Huber in a moving tribute.
"I hope you all get to know someone like Jon. He was the biggest family man & someone who made me laugh daily. I’ll miss him every day for the rest of my life. I love you, Brodie, and I thank you so much for loving me," Ewen wrote.
Wrestler Cedric Alexander wrote on Twitter: "He was always a pleasure to be around, hear great stories from and was always a excellent human being."
"In utter disbelief hearing of the passing of Brodie Lee. I'm unable to process this. I can't believe it," WWE Champion Sami Zayn wrote.
WWE commentator Mihir Joshi called his death "truly heartbreaking" while ESPN editor Tim Fiorvanti remarked about his lasting impact.
"You can measure the mark of a man on the day that he dies," Fiorvanti wrote. "The list of those speaking about who Jon was is staggeringly long, and only growing."
The wrestler was working with AEW under the name Brodie Lee – and had just made his debut as such in March, according to Bleacher Report.
He previously worked with in the WWE under the name Luke Harper.
"WWE is saddened to learn that Jon Huber, known to WWE fans as Luke Harper, passed away today at age 41. WWE extends its condolences to Huber’s family, friends and fans," WWE said in a statement on Twitter.
Huber debuted in NXT as a menacing enforcer for The Wyatt Family engaging in heated rivalries with John Cena, Kane, Daniel Bryan, The Shield, and The Usos, WWE said in a statement.
"Harper had a dominant tag team run with Rowan that would lay the groundwork for future championship success," WWE said.
Huber and Rowan tag teamed as The Bludgeon Brothers — winning the SmackDown Tag Team Title victory in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania 34.
Huber also had an "impressive singles run" that ended with him defeating Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship, according to WWE.
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