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Pro wrestler Brodie Lee (aka Jonathan Huber) dead at 41 after battle with non-COVID lung issue

Pro wrestler Brodie Lee (real name Jonathan Huber) died Saturday, December 26 at age 41.

The WWE star succumbed to a battle with a non-COVID-related lung issue at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, after taking a leave of absence from wrestling over an undisclosed medical issue.

He was surrounded by loved ones, including wife Amanda Huber (also known by her wrestling persona Synndy Synn), who took to Instagram with a tribute to the father of their two sons.

RIP: Pro wrestler Brodie Lee (real name Jonathan Huber) died Saturday, December 26 at age 41

Amanda wrote: ‘My best friend died today. 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.’ 

She expressed her gratitude to All Elite Wrestling, where Jonathan began wrestling as Brodie Lee back in March, thanking them for how they ‘treated not only my husband but myself and my kids.’

Amanda, who married Jonathan in 2008, wrote: ‘The team at AEW have helped keep me standing and pick up all the broken pieces.’

Survived by: He was surrounded by loved ones, including wife Amanda Huber (also known by her wrestling persona Synndy Synn), who took to Instagram with a tribute to the father of their two sons

Survived by: He was surrounded by loved ones, including wife Amanda Huber (also known by her wrestling persona Synndy Synn), who took to Instagram with a tribute to the father of their two sons

Leave of absence: The WWE star succumbed to a battle with a non-COVID-related lung issue at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, after taking a leave of absence from wrestling over an undisclosed medical issue

Leave of absence: The WWE star succumbed to a battle with a non-COVID-related lung issue at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, after taking a leave of absence from wrestling over an undisclosed medical issue

Broken heart: Amanda wrote: 'My best friend died today. 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'

Broken heart: Amanda wrote: ‘My best friend died today. 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’

Grateful: She expressed her gratitude to All Elite Wrestling, where Jonathan began wrestling as Brodie Lee back in March, thanking them for how they 'treated not only my husband but myself and my kids'

Grateful: She expressed her gratitude to All Elite Wrestling, where Jonathan began wrestling as Brodie Lee back in March, thanking them for how they ‘treated not only my husband but myself and my kids’

She added: ‘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.’ 

AEW shared a statement to Twitter, which read: ‘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.’

Jonathan was previously known by the persona Luke Harper, when he wrestled at WWE from 2012 to 2019.

The Rochester, New York native’s family was met with an outpouring of love from WWE stars like the Iron Sheik, Randy Orton, John Cena and the Bella Twins.

Nikki Bella wrote on Instagram: ‘Gone way too soon. His laugh lit up a room. He was so much fun to watch. And his kind soul will live on forever. You were your own kind Luke. RIP. @mandahuber we all are here for you and the boys. Can’t even begin to imagine your pain. So many thoughts, prayers, love and light to you and the fam.’

Sister Brie Bella posted: ‘I’ll never forget what an amazing person, father and husband he was!!! Gone way to soon. Sending so many prayers and love to his family. Jon will be greatly missed!! #ripbrodielee’

In the ring: Jonathan was previously known by the persona Luke Harper, when he wrestled at WWE from 2012 to 2019 (pictured in November, 2014)

In the ring: Jonathan was previously known by the persona Luke Harper, when he wrestled at WWE from 2012 to 2019 (pictured in November, 2014)




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