Jon Huber, a professional wrestler known in the ring as Luke Harper and Brodie Lee, died on Saturday. He was 41 years old.
His death follows a battle with an unrelated Covid-19 ‘lung problem’, his wife, Amanda Huber, said on Instagram.
Apart from his wife, he is survived by his two children.
Mr. Huber rose to fame with World Wrestling Entertainment, where he was known for his soft-spoken intensity in the ring.
During his time in WWE, he found success in the independent circuit before joining the NXT brand.
He has fought other wrestling stars, including The Shield, Kane, Daniel Bryan, John Cena and the Usos, using a combination of “aggressive attacking and insane mind play,” WWE said.
Mr. Huber “moved with rare speed for a 6-foot-5 monster,” his WWE biography said. “His jaw-shaking clotheslines and frantic outward dives knocked over anyone who dared step into the ring in front of him.
In 2014, he won the Intercontinental Championship and later the SmackDown Tag Team and NXT Tag Team Championships.
Whether it’s bombarding rivals on the scales or standing face to face with John Cena, Harper left an undeniable mark – and on some superstars, a literal mark in the form of a scar – on WWE and NXT, ”said WWE.
Mr. Huber joined All Elite Wrestling, a WWE contestant, this year as “The Exalted One”.
Over the summer he won the All Elite Wrestling TNT Championship.
“In an industry filled with good people, Jon Huber was exceptionally respected and loved in every way – a fierce and captivating talent, a caring mentor and quite simply a very kind soul that totally contradicts his personality as Mr. Brodie Lee. ”AEW said in a declaration.
His last televised battle was a bloody fight against Cody Rhodes, an AEW superstar, in October.
Mr. Rhodes wrote in a social media tribute that it was an honor to share his last game with Mr Huber, who he said was “a first class family man and human being”.
Referring to Mr. Huber as the “Big Rig”, Mr. Rhodes said that Mr. Huber was a “gifted athlete and storyteller and his gift beyond that was to challenge you, and he set the bar very high.
Mr Huber’s death resonated among other wrestling stars.
“Totally devastated about the loss of Jon, ”Hulk Hogan wrote on Twitter. “Such a great talent and a great human being! RIP my brother. “