Tributes are pouring in from across the wrestling world after the tragic announcement of Jon Huber’s passing, known to wrestling fans as Brodie Lee in AEW and Luke Harper in WWE.
Following a statement from AEW announcing the news on Boxing Day, stars from across the wrestling world have taken to social media to pay tribute to the AEW star who was a former AEW TNT, WWE Intercontinental, SmackDown Tag Team and NXT Tag Team Champion:
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 27, 2020
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
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) December 27, 2020
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.https://t.co/hZnBguE4Mj
— WWE (@WWE) 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
Was a true honor every time we locked horns. You were a damn great man, husband and father. This stings. You will be sorely missed Jon. I will always remember out times together. #RIPBrodie#RIPJonHuberpic.twitter.com/8o8haKexNh
— Dustin Rhodes (@dustinrhodes) December 27, 2020
The world has lost a great one.
One of the absolute best.
In every way. #RIPBrodieLee
— Kevin (@FightOwensFight) December 27, 2020
Jon was such a good man. I’m so sorry.
— DRAKE MAVERICK (@WWEMaverick) December 27, 2020
When I got stitched up months ago, Brodie was 1 of the first to check on me & ask if I was ok. I replied "I’m too old & beat up to actually get beat up & hurt. I’m fine."
That led to Brodie hitting me with his amazing trademark laughter & smile & this pic.❤️
Rest In Power, Jon. pic.twitter.com/0nuY99LsIC
— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) December 27, 2020
Amazing talent ….
Better human being, husband and father. https://t.co/wc2080Ziar
— Triple H (@TripleH) December 27, 2020
— HIKARU SHIDA 志田 光 (@shidahikaru) 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
When i started wrestling I picked the name Brody not only for Bruiser Brody but also because of Brodie Lee. He was someone that truly pushed the boundaries of a big man wrestler .Though i never got to meet him I looked up to him not only as a wrestler but also a family man. RIP. https://t.co/Tp4kOX8yB9
— Brody King (@Brodyxking) December 27, 2020
I just wanted to quickly say how much Jon loved his family. He never stopped talking about them. He was a great dad which I saw firsthand on the bus to our match. He was so excited to show his son that he could still go hard & he did just that. He loved you so much, I’m so sorry.
— T-BAR (@TBARRetribution) December 27, 2020
I can not thank you enough for all of your help and the advice you gave me for both wrestling and real life. I’m going to miss you so much.
— Alex Reynolds (@YTAlexReynolds) December 27, 2020
Tell your people you love them. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. My heart goes out to the Huber family.#RIPBrodieLee
— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) December 27, 2020
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Brodie Lee. We offer our sincerest condolences to his friends and family.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) 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
Absolutely heartbroken. Sending so much love to Brodie and his family. ❤️
— Renee Paquette (@ReneePaquette) December 27, 2020
We love you Brodie.
— Young Bucks® (@youngbucks) December 27, 2020
I don’t know how to feel. I’m so heartbroken. Thinking about his wife and children who he loved so much. He was such a great man and helped me more than I could’ve asked for. He will be missed terribly..
— Anna Jay (@annajay___) 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
Heartbroken to hear the passing of Brodie Lee. #ripBrodieLee
— School of Morton (@RealRickyMorton) December 27, 2020
— Beer City Bruiser (@bcbwinchester) December 27, 2020
Although I never got to know you, I was always impressed by your size and wrestling ability. You had a presence and leadership in the lockerroom I will never forget… #RipBrodieLee
— Brian Pillman (@FlyinBrianJr) December 27, 2020
I can’t believe this. Heartbroken. #RIPBrodieLee
— Shazza McKenzie (@Shazza_McKenzie) December 27, 2020
Jon was genuinely one of the best, honest and kindest man I've ever known. He was like that the very first day I met him back in 2007 and was like that the very last day I saw him. I will always only have good memories of him.
I love you man.
RIP: Mr Brodie Lee pic.twitter.com/zvCkN9STFs
— Stu Grayson of Dark Order (@stu_dos) December 27, 2020
It doesn’t feel real posting this…
— Mr. Fun Size (@realmarkostunt) December 27, 2020
This is heartbreaking. I'm at a legit loss for words right now. Such a kind, talented dude. Absolutely one of a kind.. #RIPBrodieLee
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) December 27, 2020
Thank You pic.twitter.com/gbBD49IwDH
— Cody (@CodyRhodes) December 27, 2020
Posting on Instagram, Brodie Lee’s wife confirmed that he passed away due to a “non Covid-related lung issue” after a long, hard-fought battle – paying tribute to everyone at All Elite Wrestling for their support in her message.
Everyone at Inside The Ropes is heartbroken to learn of Jon Huber’s passing, and we send our condolences to all of his friends, family and fans at this time.