Rochester, NEW YORK– On Sunday, professional wrestler Jon Huber, better known to the wrestling world as “Mr. Brodie Lee” & “Luke Harper” passed away.
The Rochester native, 41, died from a non-COVID-19 related lung illness, surrounded by family and friends. Prior to his jump to fame as a professional wrestler, Huber worked for the Rochester Central School District for over seven years, making his first professional wrestling debut in 2003 for Roc City wrestling.
Huber’s wife, Amanda, confirmed his passing via Instagram:
“My best friend died today,” Amanda wrote in a touching post. “[H]e was my best friend, my husband, and the greatest father you would ever meet.”
Earlier this year, Huber joined WWE competitor, All Elite Wrestling (AEW), known as “The Exalted One.” AEW also followed up with a heartfelt tribute on its social media platforms:
“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.”– All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Huber was previously signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), performing under the name “Luke Harper” as a member of the Wyatt Family, from 2012 until 2019, when he departed WWE. During his time with the company, he was a three-time Tag Team Champion and held the Intercontinental Championship once.
WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon released his own statement on Twitter following Huber’s passing:
“The entire WWE family is deeply saddened by the passing of Jon Huber, known to the WWE Universe as Luke Harper. Our thoughts are with Jon’s family, friends, and fans.”Vince McMahon, Chairman and CEO WWE
“Mr. Brodie Lee”
In March of this year, Huber made his debut in AEW as “Mr. Brodie Lee,” revealing himself to be the leader of the cult-like Dark Order stable. After a lengthy undefeated streak, Lee swiftly defeated Cody Rhodes for the TNT championship this past August. Huber last wrestled for AEW in October 2020, losing a dog collar match for the TNT Championship in a rematch with Rhodes.
Huber is survived by his wife Amanda and his children, Brodie and Nolan.