WWE have released a statement following the passing of former Intercontinental Champion Luke Harper, who was known as Brodie Lee before his time with the company, and in All Elite Wrestling after leaving.
Lee, real name Jon Huber, passed away at the age of 41 on Boxing Day as a result of a non Covid-related lung issue.
WWE would subsequently release the following statement.
“WWE is saddened to learn that Jon Huber, known to WWE fans as Luke Harper, passed away today at age 41.
“Known as both Luke Harper and Brodie Lee in the ring, Huber found success in every stop of his sports-entertainment career, as his soft spoken yet imposing presence helped him create countless awe-inspiring moments in the ring. After a highly decorated run on the independent circuit, Harper debuted in NXT as a menacing enforcer for The Wyatt Family. Harper had a dominant tag team run with Rowan that would lay the groundwork for future championship success.
Vince McMahon has since paid tribute to Brodie Lee too.
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
The statement continues:
“As a member of The Wyatt Family, he engaged in heated rivalries with the likes of Kane, Daniel Bryan, The Shield, John Cena and The Usos. After being set free from the family, Harper authored an impressive singles run that culminated with him defeating Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship. Harper & Rowan later comprised The Bludgeon Brothers and embarked on a path of destruction that was highlighted by a SmackDown Tag Team Title victory in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania 34.
“WWE extends its condolences to Huber’s family, friends and fans.”
AEW has also been retweeting several tributes to Brodie Lee on their Twitter timeline, including from several WWE Superstars such as Charlotte Flair and Sami Zayn.
We have collated several of the tributes posted by wrestlers from WWE, AEW and beyond here.
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.