Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has confirmed that the late Jon ‘Brodie Lee’ Huber tested negative for COVID-19 and can be ruled out as a cause of death.
The wife of the late Brodie Lee had previously confirmed Huber’s cause of death as a non-Covid related illness, however a poorly-timed “column” would wrongly cast aspersions on that detail.
In the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Radio, Meltzer noted that despite knowledge of Huber’s illness – which was kept private in order to respect the wishes of the family – the talent was tested several times, all of which came back negative:
“I do know…there’s a lot of stuff with COVID and everything like that obviously, you know the situation. Obviously the situation when he was wrestling was that he was being tested before every show, that’s a given, but I was told that he was tested many times while he was in the hospital. Legitimately, that [COVID-19] can be ruled out. Whatever that matters, that was something that they tested and there really isn’t too much else. His lungs just stopped working and as far as why, I don’t know, I don’t know why, but they did and it was bad and they’d known it was bad – the key people had known for a while it was bad – and his wife did address the company. So at the end, everyone did know before he passed away and basically just asked people to keep it quiet.”
While detailing the ins and outs of Jon Huber’s illness, Dave Meltzer managed to paint a portrait of a humble, gentle giant even right ’til the end. For a man who could have had an entire wrestling world by his side, Meltzer stated simply that he didn’t want the publicity:
“Jon didn’t want the publicity, he certainly didn’t want any photos of him in that condition.”
This goes hand in hand with both the statement made by Huber’s wife, and a report of Fightful‘s Sean Ross Sapp who reported on AEW’s roster respecting Huber’s privacy by staying silent regarding his illness.
The details were important to confirm following a now-unpublished “column” by Bruce Mitchell of PWTorch which bewilderingly implied that the widow of Jon Huber may have been lying about the reason behind her husband’s passing, but also intrusively questioned why the grieving family, ‘kept such a tight lid on the information.’
Poorly spelt, written and timed, the “report” would ridiculously question why a devastated widow would stay so quiet about what was occurring, ‘if it was not COVID-19 related’, as well as erroneously stating that the author had never heard of an athlete develop a lung issue as quickly as Huber had.
It ended by insisting that both the Huber family and AEW, ‘would serve his memory best by being forthright about all the circumstances surrounding his death.’
Jon Huber’s tragic and untimely passing rocked a professional wrestling world that does not need unfounded, inaccurate and hurtful speculation at this trying time. Instead, it needs healing and to be reminded of what a miraculous person and great professional wrestler he was regardless of whether you loved him as Luke Harper or Mr. Brodie Lee.