Wrestling Star Brodie Lee Dead at 41
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Wrestling star Jonathan Huber, better known by his stage name Mr. Brodie Lee, has died at the age of 41.
All Elite Wrestling, the wrestling promotion company that Huber was under contract with, brought the news in a heartfelt statement on Saturday night.
"The All Elite Wrestling family is heartbroken," read the message. "In an industry full of good people, Jon Huber was exceptionally respected and loved in every way - a wild and compelling talent, a thoughtful mentor, and just a very kind soul who strongly contradicted himself as Mr. Brodie Lee ... We broadcast ours Love and support for his lovely family today and always. Jon's popularity among his peers and his influence on the wrestling world has been worldwide and beyond the AEW, so that loss will be felt for many a long time. We have had the privilege of being with AEW to call Jon Huber a brother, a friend and one of us. "
Huber had been noticeably absent from the ring in recent months, and many fans speculated that he was out due to an injury. Tony Khan, President / CEO of AEW, was briefed on Huber's whereabouts during a press conference earlier this month, but remained informed on the matter, saying only that he hoped Huber would return soon.
The native New Yorker started wrestling in early childhood and performed with his brother under his ring name Huber # 2. In 2012 he signed with the WWE and took the name Luke Harper. During his time at WWE, he became a one-time WWE Intercontinental Champion and two-time Smackdown Tag Team Champion. Huber left WWE about a year ago and made his AEW debut earlier this year. Just a few months later, he secured the AEW TNT Championship on Dynamite.
The WWE also released the following statement:
Known in the ring as both Luke Harper and Brodie Lee, Huber has had success at every stage of his career as a sports entertainer as his quietly spoken yet imposing presence helped him create countless impressive moments in the ring. After a highly decorated run on the independent circuit, Harper made his debut on NXT as the menacing enforcer for The Wyatt Family. Harper had a dominant tag team with Rowan that would lay the foundation for future championship success.
As a member of the Wyatt Family, he got involved in heated rivalries with the likes of Kane, Daniel Bryan, The Shield, John Cena and The Usos. After Harper was freed from the family, he penned a formidable singles run that culminated in defeating Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship. Harper & Rowan later consisted of The Bludgeon Brothers and embarked on a path of destruction highlighted by a SmackDown Tag Team title win in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania 34.
WWE extends its condolences to Huber's family, friends and fans.
In the hours since Huber's death was announced, fans and personalities of the wrestling world have reached out on social media to pay their respects. You can read some of the news below.
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