In a piece of absolutely tragic news for the Pro-Wrestling community, Jonathan Huber, better known by his ring names Luke Harper and Brodie Lee, passed away. He was 41 years old. The cause of death has been reported to be a non-Covid related lung difficulty which he was battling for some time.
The news was first reported by the official social media handles of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where he wrestled in the final year of his life. “The All Elite Wrestling family 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 Brodie Lee,” the statement said.
The Pro-Wrestling community took no time to recall Huber’s best moments in the industry. As the fans remembered him as an universally beloved wrestler, fellow members of the industry remembered him as a good man who loved his family.
Huber, a man clearly influenced by the style of iconic wrestler Bruiser Brody, was known as one of the finest big men to wrestle in the 21st Century. While his style has been described as a blend of power moves with deceptive agility, he has been credited for pioneering new wave of athletic giants.
Huber’s entire WWE career saw him associated with one or the other member of The Wyatt Family, as he won tag titles with both Randy Orton and Eric Rowan. He also tested singles gold in WWE, with him reigning over the Intercontinental Championship at one point. At one point, he became involved in a WWE championship feud between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton, which led to fans asking for his place in the title match at Wrestlemania. Unfortunately, it did not happen.
Huber’s brief stint with AEW
When Huber left WWE for AEW, he was given a major push as Mr. Brodie Lee, the leader of The Dark Order. The Brodie Lee character drew comparisons to Vince McMahon due to sharing traits similar to ones reported to belong to McMahon, such as disliking sneezing, but he denied that it was based on McMahon and instead stated that it was inspired by mafia films.
Brodie Lee, shown to be extremely dominant in ring, won the AEW TNT Championship from Cody and lost it back to him, before an injury supposedly put him out for an undisclosed time.
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