The late star has died aged 41 (Photo: WWE)
The wrestling world is mourning another heartbreaking loss after the death of AEW star Brodie Lee.
The star – who also performed under the name Luke Harper in WWE before leaving in December 2019 – has tragically died aged 41 following a non-Covid-related lung issue, and now legends and his contemporaries have paid their respects.
Hulk Hogan tweeted: ‘Totally devastated over the loss of Jon “Luke/Brodie”, such a great talent and awesome human being! RIP my brother HH (sic)’
Meanwhile, John Cena is yet to offer a statement, but he shared a captionless photo of them wrestling each other on his Instagram account.
WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley wrote: ‘I just heard the news about the death of Jon Huber…an awful day for wrestling fans.
‘Just two years ago, my son Hughie dressed up as Luke Harper for Halloween. He was a great worker, and a doting father. A huge loss for everyone who loves wrestling.’
Meanwhile, AEW boss Tony Khan – who signed him to the promotion following his WWE release – admitted he was ‘devastated’ by the news.
He said: ‘I’m devastated by the loss of Jon Huber, known to fans as Mr. Brodie Lee, formerly Luke Harper. Jon was a great man.
‘His family came first, his loving wife Amanda & their sons Brodie + Nolan. He loved wrestler and was great at it, he loved you fans. Please keep him in your hearts.’
WWE bosses Triple H and Stephanie McMahon both also paid their respects to the late wrestler, who held the Intercontinental Title and three tag team championships with the company.
Triple H wrote: ‘Amazing talent … Better human being, husband and father.’
His wife Stephanie added: ‘I’m so deeply sorry for the loss of Jon Huber. We bonded off the love of our children. He was a true family man. #RIPBrodieLee (sic)’
And Randy Orton – who teamed with Lee during his stint in the Wyatt Family – tweeted: ‘I don’t have the words. #RIPBrodieLee May God send his beautiful family as much strength as possible.’
AEW’s Cody Rhodes wrote: ‘My heart is stricken by the loss of Brodie Lee. It was obvious he was an extremely gifted athlete and storyteller, and his gift beyond that was to challenge you and he set the bar very high.
‘Upon anybody’s first meeting with him…it was even more apparent he was a family man and a first class human being.
‘I got to share his last number…I got to have his last match. That is an honor and a privilege and an experience so ferociously humbling. (sic)’