AEW wrestler Brodie Lee has passed away at the age of 41.
The tragic news was announced by AEW in a statement on their official Twitter account, which read: "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 thought mentor and simply a very kind soul that starkly contradicted his persona as Mr Brodie Lee.
"Jon's love for his wife Amanda, and children Brodie and Nolan, was evident to all of us who were fortunate enough to spend time with him, and we send our love and support to his beautiful family, today and always.
"Jon's popularity among its peers and influence on the wrestling world was worldwide and transcended AEW, so this loss will be felt by many for a long time. We were privileged at AEW to call Jon Huber a brother, a friend and one of our own."
On Instagram, Lee's wife Amanda wrote in a statement that her husband passed away after a "hard fought battle with a non-COVID related lung issue"
On Twitter WWE, where Lee formerly worked as Luke Harper, wrote: "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."
Lee joined AEW in March 2020 as Mr Brodie Lee, the leader of The Dark Order.
In August he became AEW's second-ever TNT Champion after he defeated Cody. His last match in AEW was on the October 7 edition of Dynamite against Cody.
Tributes to Lee have poured in from wrestlers across the industry on Twitter. Cody Rhodes wrote: "My heart is stricken by the loss of Brodie Lee.
"It was obvious he was an extremely gifted athlete and storyteller, and his gift beyond that was to challenge you and he set the bar very high.
"Upon anybody's first meeting with him it was even more apparent he was a family man and a first class human being. I got to share his last number, I got to have his last match. That is an honor and a privilege and an experience so ferociously humbling. Thank you 'Big Rig.' We will honor you and your family."
AEW Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks wrote: "We love you Brodie." WWE's Stephanie McMahon wrote: "I'm so deeply sorry for the loss of Jon Huber. We bonded over the love of our children. He was a true family man. #RIPBrodieLee."
Brandi Rhodes wrote: "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."
AEW CEO Tony Khan tweeted: "I'm devastated by the loss of Jon Huber, known to fans as Mr Brodie Lee, formerly Luke Harper. Jon was a great man. His family came first, his loving wife Amanda and their sons Brodie and Nolan. He loved wrestling and was great at it, he loved you fans. Please keep him in your hearts."
We love you Brodie.
— Young Bucks® (@youngbucks) 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
It’s Saturday. You know what that means...
Backstage in Mexico in 2015. Brodie was annoyed that he didn’t have his own merch t-shirt, so one of the brothers got a bunch made in his honor. We all wore them in tribute to the dude, cause everybody loved him. Just a wonderful man! pic.twitter.com/6XXl8Kr6iW
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) 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
I’m at a complete loss. Godspeed, Brodie. If you are inclined, spare a prayer for the Huber Family. My heart weeps.
— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) 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
When long trips away from home made me miss my wife and daughter, you always made it a little easier. Great wrestler, but perfect family man. I’ll make sure Amanda, Brodie and Nolan always know how much they meant to you. I loved being your friend. Rest In Peace, Jon. pic.twitter.com/wR5927Xlx1
— Dax FTR (@DaxFTR) December 27, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Brodie’s wife and children. His family. His friends. I’m so sorry for your loss. He touched so many people’s lives in a beautiful way.
Thank you for always being kind Brodie.
— Nikki Cross (@NikkiCrossWWE) 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
Amazing talent ....
Better human being, husband and father. https://t.co/wc2080Ziar
— Triple H (@TripleH) 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
Gutted to hear about Jon passing away. He saved me from a broken neck. He would get so mad when I pulled up a chair for him to sit in and referred to him as ‘Taker-sir.’
“You’re gonna get me heat, kid.”
Condolences to his family and peers that loved him dearly. #RIPBrodieLee
— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) December 27, 2020
Rest in Paradise to a beautiful, kind soul.💔 https://t.co/qfYpRYqFMf
— ♥ Sonny Kiss ♥ (@SonnyKissXO) December 27, 2020
— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) December 27, 2020
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
— Tony Schiavone (@tonyschiavone24) December 27, 2020
One of the Best Men I ever had the pleasure of working with as well as one Great Husband, Father and Friend. Words Can’t express my Hurt for his Family Please keep them all lifted in Prayer #RIPBrodieLee
— Titus O'Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) December 27, 2020
Heartbreaking is an understatement.
This was taken during the Atlanta shows when we had to film a month of TV in 2 days. Brodie was so much fun to be around. 💔 #RIPBrodieLee pic.twitter.com/2WTtuGU96D
— sammy guevara (@sammyguevara) December 27, 2020
I just heard the news about the death of Jon Huber...an awful day for wrestling fans. Just two years ago, my son Hughie dressed up as Luke Harper for Halloween. He was a great worker, and a doting father. A huge loss for everyone who loves wrestling. https://t.co/E94sdqmiMB
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) December 27, 2020
Digital Spy extends our condolences to the friends and family of Jon Huber.
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