The professional wrestling world went into mourning on Saturday with the passing away of Brodie Lee (Luke Harper in WWE).
AEW issued the following statement on Saturday night, announcing that Brodie Lee has passed away at the age of 41. Lee hadn’t appeared on AEW Dynamite since his loss to Cody Rhodes back in October. At the time, the talk was that he was out with an unknown injury.
Prior to joining AEW, Lee had a run in WWE as Luke Harper where he was a three-time tag team champion with Erick Rowan. He is also a former Intercontinental Champion.
AEW’s statement reads,
“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 Brodie Lee.
Jon’s love for his wife Amanda, and children Brodie and Norman, was evident to all of us who were fortunate enough to spend time with him, and we send our love and support to his beautiful family, today and always. 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.”
Lee’s wife, Amanda, took to Instagram and confirmed that he had been at the Mayo Clinic and was dealing with a lung issue not related to COVID-19. She said,
“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. 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.
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. @margaret.stalvey @meghalegalgirl10 @americannightmarecody @thebrandirhodes @nickjacksonyb @mattjackson13 @kennyomegamanx @tonyrkhan and the rest of 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.”