Jonathan Huber, an AEW wrestler who previously starred in WWE, died because of a non-coronavirus-related lung issue, his wife, Amanda, wrote Saturday on Instagram. He was 41.
Lee wrestled under the names Luke Harper in WWE and Brodie Lee in AEW. He had not been on AEW television since early October.
“No words can express the love I feel or how broken I am right now,” Amanda Huber wrote. “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.”
In a statement, AEW wrote that Huber “was exceptionally respected and beloved in every way — a fierce and captivating talent, a thoughtful mentor and simply a very kind soul.”
Huber, a Rochester, New York, native, wrestled for WWE from 2012 to 2019. He was a regular on WWE television, notably as a member of the Wyatt Family and in a long-term tag team with wrestler Erick Rowan. WWE granted him his release, which he had requested, last December. Huber signed with AEW and made his debut there in March.
In AEW, Huber was immediately pushed into a prominent position. He was made the leader of a faction called The Dark Order and wrestled Jon Moxley for the AEW title at the Double or Nothing pay-per-view event in May. Huber’s last match was a Dog Collar match for the AEW TNT title against Cody Rhodes on Oct. 7. The bout was rated 4.5 (out of 5) stars by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, tied for the highest star rating of Lee’s career.
Huber is survived by his wife, Amanda, and children, Brodie and Nolan.
His peers in the wrestling world put out messages of remembrance upon hearing the news of his death.
This was my Bday, which I share with Doc. Brodie & Miro photobombed us & we all shared a great laugh.
I’m shattered over Brodie’s passing. He was full of life with a wife & young children he loved. A devastating reminder of how fragile life is. Rest well, friend.#RIPBrodieLee pic.twitter.com/3p5BH18YIr— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) December 27, 2020
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.— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) December 27, 2020
Our entire brotherhood and industry mourns tonight. In addition to his incredible passion and talent, Jon was above all else, a great man, who loved his family more than words can say. Please keep them in your thoughts. I’ll see you down the road, brother ♥️ #RIPBrodieLee pic.twitter.com/DvTNr3Vo4g— Drew McIntyre (@DMcIntyreWWE) December 27, 2020
In 15 years, I learned a lot from him. But the most important was that it’s possible to make pro wrestling a career and also make being a husband and a dad the most important career.
My heart breaks for his wonderful wife and truly charming kids. Just like him. #RIPBrodieLee https://t.co/QAJySAZsNJ— Bryce Remsburg (@dabryceisright) December 27, 2020
We love you Brodie.— Young Bucks® (@youngbucks) December 27, 2020
He was there when I won my first ever title in Japan along with so many other moments we got to have overseas. We spent a lot of time there with @WWEApollo, Rich Swann and @BASTARDPAC. You don’t meet many people as genuinely nice has he is. Love you Brodie. pic.twitter.com/GCOJpBqAc4— Pretty Ricky (@KingRicochet) December 27, 2020
This is all a grotesque nightmare on a scale none of us can possibly comprehend, this year has done nothing but take and I think we are all empty, tired and drained. Sleep well my friend, thank you so much for the road trips and the advice through the years. You were golden.— Devil’s Blood (@WWEAleister) December 27, 2020
In utter disbelief hearing of the passing of Brodie Lee. I’m unable to process this. I can’t believe it.— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) December 27, 2020
I consider myself lucky to have shared the ring, the car for long rides from town to town, and to have been around his wife and children. This one hurts in so many ways. The world lost a wonderful person today. pic.twitter.com/v52h15fDFy— THE KING (@BaronCorbinWWE) December 27, 2020
It’s hard to explain to people, and I’m not certain he would want me to, that the biggest, scariest man you’ll ever see on your television is the kindest soul you’d ever meet. A model of a husband and father, and proof that some people are too good for this earth. ♥️ https://t.co/jm6YKlRNBu— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) December 27, 2020
A big man among men inside the ring & more importantly, outside of the ring. Absolutely Beloved— Nic Nemeth (@HEELZiggler) December 27, 2020
I love and miss you Jon. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and my family. We all love you so very much. You were such a great man. It’s been my pleasure and privilege to know and work with you. Your family is our family now. We will watch over them. Rest now friend. 💔 https://t.co/aJ3TUntfoH— Brandi Rhodes (@TheBrandiRhodes) December 27, 2020
So much pain comes with losing someone like Jon. But everywhere I look, I see an entire industry paying respect and showing love to him. That alone shows what an incredible man he was. #RIPBrodieLee pic.twitter.com/1QZbUqSS61— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) December 27, 2020
Every kind word you read about him is true.
Every person that says they loved him is genuine.
Everyone of us hurts.
And everyone of us is better for having had Jon in our lives.#RIPBrodieLee— I|I essential character I|I (@therealec3) December 27, 2020