All Elite Wrestling’s Brodie Lee has passed away from a lung issue. Lee, real name Jon Huber, was just 41. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
Lee joined AEW earlier this year as “The Exalted One”, the long-teased leader of the Dark Order. Lee had unsuccessfully challenged the then AEW World Heavyweight Champion Jon Moxley for the title, before moving on to beat Cody Rhodes and winning his first title with AEW, the TNT Championship.
Lee was last seen on AEW television on the October 7 episode of Dynamite where he lost the TNT Championship to Rhodes in a dog collar match.
Lee’s wife Amanda confirmed that her husband passed away, with a post on Instagram. According to her, Lee had been suffering from a non-COVID 19 lung issue. It appears that he was getting treatment at the Mayo Clinic during the time of his passing.
AEW released an official statement on Lee’s passing on their Twitter account.
AEW President & CEO Tony Khan released his own statement on Lee’s passing, stating that he was “devastated” and stressing Lee’s love for the fans, who came second only to his family.
Dark Order members John Silver, Anna Jay, and Stu Gordon were a few of the first wrestlers to comment on Lee’s passing. They stated that they would miss both Jon Huber the man and Mr. Brodie Lee their leader.
Before joining AEW, Lee was known for his stint in WWE as Luke Harper. Lee was in WWE from 2012 and 2019, where he held the Tag Team Championships twice and the Intercontinental Championship once.
WWE also released a statement on Lee’s passing, expressing their sadness and extending their condolences to the family. They also included a nice summary of Lee’s run in the company.
In WWE, Lee was mostly known for his association with the Wyatt Family, who included Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan, and Braun Strowman.
Wyatt expressed his grief on Instagram, calling Lee his best friend, brother, and partner, before saying that he would be there for Lee’s family.
Strowman simply posted a backstage photo of the entire Wyatt Family on his Instagram and just captioned that he was at loss for words.
Other wrestlers who have commented on Lee’s passing have done so by circulating an old photo of Lee backstage in his WWE days. Lee is posing with several other wrestlers who are wearing t-shirts with his face on it.
One of the first to share the photo was Chris Jericho, who shared a locker room with Lee in both AEW and WWE.
Jericho explained the photo in an Instagram post. According to Jericho, the photo was taken during a WWE tour of Mexico back in 2015.
Lee had been “annoyed” that he had no merch, so the wrestlers made a bunch of custom shirts in his honor and took the photo.
“We all wore them in tribute to the dude, because everybody loved him,” wrote Jericho. “Just a wonderful man and a kickass worker… we never had a bad match.”
Jericho also said that he was going to try and find his shirt and hang it on his wall as a tribute to Lee.
Check out a few more comments on Lee’s passing below.