Brodie Lee, the former WWE wrestler also known as Luke Harper, has tragically passed away, aged just 41.
Born Jonathan Huber in New York state, his death was announced on social media by his wife, Amanda Huber.
“My best friend died today,” she wrote. “I never wanted to write out those words. My heart is broken.
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“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. He passed surrounded by love ones after a hard fought battle with a non Covid related lung issue. The @mayoclinic is literally the best team of doctors and nurses in the world who surrounded me with constant love.
“On top of that, I can’t express my love and admiration for the way @allelitewrestling has treated not only my husband but myself and my kids.
“@margaret.stalvey @meghalegalgirl10 @americannightmarecody @thebrandirhodes @nickjacksonyb @mattjackson13 @kennyomegamanx @tonyrkhan and the rest of the team at AEW have helped keep me standing and pick up all the broken pieces.
Tributes have poured in for Jonathan Huber
“I’ve been surrounded by so much love and incredible people I can’t tag them all but they know who they are and I don’t think they will ever know how thankful I am for them.”
Huber worked for over a decade on the independent circuit under the Brodie Lee name, before signing with WWE in 2012 and taking the name Luke Harper.
He became the company’s Intercontinental Champion in 2014, and departed WWE in 2019 to join AEW earlier this year.