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AEW Star Brodie Lee (Jonathan Huber) Dies At 41

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Jonathan Huber (December 16, 1979 – December 26, 2020) was an American professional wrestler. He was best known for his time in WWE, under the ring name Luke Harper (and briefly Harper), and in All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as Mr. Brodie Lee.

From 2003 to 2012, Huber worked on the independent circuit under the Brodie Lee ring name, most notably in Chikara, Squared Circle Wrestling (2CW), Ring of Honor (ROH), Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA), and internationally for Dragon Gate in Japan. Signing with WWE in 2012, he assumed the name Luke Harper and was sent to WWE’s developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), before debuting in NXT as a member of The Wyatt Family. For most of his WWE career, he was closely associated with Wyatt Family members Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan. The Wyatt Family won the NXT Tag Team Championship and the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Harper and Rowan, later known as The Bludgeon Brothers, also held the SmackDown Tag Team Championship on another occasion. During a brief singles run, Harper became a one-time WWE Intercontinental Champion.

In a shocking development, former WWE and AEW star Brodie Lee (real name Jon Huber) has died at 41 years of age.

“The All Elite Wrestling family is heartbroken,” read a tweet by AEW.

“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 Brodie Lee.”

In a public statement on Instagram, Lee’s wife Amanda revealed his death was related to a lung issue.

“My best friend died today. I never wanted to write out those words,” read the heartbreaking statement.

“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. 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.”

Lee had been off AEW television for months after seeing a career renaissance as the leader of The Dark Order.