AEW announces that Brodie Lee, real name Jon Huber, has passed away at 41.
No details regarding the cause of death have been announced.
Huber started his professional wrestling career in 2003, competing in Chikara, Ring of Honor, Jersey All-Pro Wrestling and other various independent promotions before joining the WWE in 2012.
During his seven-year tenure with WWE, Huber was an on-again, off-again associate of Bray Wyatt. He was a one-time Intercontinental champion and NXT Tag Team champion, as well as a two-time Smackdown Tag Team champion.
His wife issued a statement shortly after AEW’s announcement
“My best friend died today,” she wrote. “I never wanted to write out those words. My heart is broken. The world saw him as the amazing Brodie Lee (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 Mayo Clinic is literally the best team of doctors and nurses in the world who surrounded me with constant love.”
After departing from WWE at the end of 2019, Huber joined AEW earlier this year, being revealed as the “Exalted One” and leader of the Dark Order. He held the AEW TNT championship for just under two months after defeating Cody Rhodes for the title in August.