AEW Star Brodie Lee Passes Away
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, December 26, 2020
Some unfortunate news out of the world of pro wrestling as AEW star Brodie Lee has passed away. He was 41 years old.
Lee, real name Jon Huber, made his pro wrestling debut back in 2003 and had earned a great reputation in the industry for his in-ring ability and athleticism especially for a man his size. Lee is most known for his WWE tenure, where he wrestled as Luke Harper and was one of the members of The Wyatt Family, along with Erick Rowan and leader Bray Wyatt. After splitting from the group, Lee would achieve success as a singles competitor when he defeated Dolph Ziggler to become WWE Intercontinental Champion.
After spending some time wrestling as a singles competitor, he once again aligned himself with The Wyatt Family and would continue teaming with Rowan until being released by WWE last December.
After months of speculation, Lee debuted on AEW Dynamite! back in March, where he was revealed as the leader of AEW's cult-like stable The Dark Order and referred to as "The Exalted One." Lee was able to cut more promos and develop his Mr. Brodie Lee character in AEW, which was a refreshing sight to see as it allowed him to show a different side of himself and gave him the ability to set himself a part from his character in WWE.
Lee still managed to make an impact in AEW; his work in vignettes and promos provided a different element to The Dark Order. In addition, Lee had a TNT Championship reign, when he defeated Cody Rhodes in September to capture the title.
Outside the squared circle, Lee was known for being a big hockey fan and Toronto Maple Leafs supporter.
AEW announced Lee's passing on their social media stating:
"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. 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."
Photo Credit: AEW