Former WWE wrestler Jonathan Huber - better known by his stage name Brodie Lee - has died.
The athlete and entertainer was just 41-years-old and his family, friends and colleagues were devastated to break the news of his passing on Boxing Day.
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 wrestler's devastated wife, Amanda, shared an update on Instagram where she revealed he had died of a non-covid related lung issue.
She wrote: "My best friend died today. I never wanted to write out those words. My heart is broken.
"The world saw him as the amazing @brodielee (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."
The devastated spouse continued: "He passed surrounded by love ones after a hard fought battle with a non Covid related lung issue.
"The @mayoclinic is literally the best team of doctors and nurses in the world who surrounded me with constant love."
Sharing that she had been receiving support from Jonathan's wrestling company, she continued: "On top of that, I can’t express my love and admiration for the way @allelitewrestling has treated not only my husband but myself and my kids."
She continued: "The team at AEW have helped keep me standing and pick up all the broken pieces.
"I’ve been surrounded by so much love and incredible people I can’t tag them all but they know who they are and I don’t think they will ever know how thankful I am for them."
Huber was known as Luke Harper when he was in WWE, wrestling many of the company's biggest names as part of the villainous Wyatt family.
He left the company to join rivals AEW last year, in what was widely seen as a fresh start for his career and his work was widely praised by fans and peers alike.
AEW released a statement on Saturday confirming that the wrestler had passed away.
Sharing an update on social media, the company wrote: "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 thoughtful 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 to spend time with him, and we send our love and support to his beautiful family, today and always."
The statement continued: "Jon’s popularity among his 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."
Fans of the star took to social media to pay tribute, with one writing on Twitter: "I can't believe this. He was so talented. I loved him. R.I.P."
And another devastated fan tweeted: "Talk about a tragic loss in the wrestling industry. He was talented as hell, a phenomenal wrestler, his mic work was AMAZING, and out of the ring he was a wonderful person."
They added: "One of the greatest of his generation, believe me. Rest easy, Mr. Brodie, and one last time, WE ARE ONE!"
Jonathan hailed from Rochester, New York, and was known as Luke Harper when wrestling under WWE.
While he went by the name Brodie Lee on and off throughout his career and more recently while fighting for All Elite Wrestling.
He started off his wrestling career aged 23 as a backyard wrestler, making his professional debut for Roc City Wrestling (RCW) in 2003 under the name Huberboy #2.
He made his WWE debut in May 2012 – and performed with the organisation for several years but many fans felt the company never took advantage of his full potential.
He made his debut for All Elite Wrestling in March this year – surprising fans after he had been released from his WWE contract in November 2019.
As leader of the cult faction the Dark Order he impressed many fans with his humour and intensity alike.
Jonathan married wife Amanda, aka Synndy Synn, in 2008 and together they had two sons – eight-year-old Brodie and three-year-old Nolan.