The wrestling world received some tragic news on Saturday night when it was revealed that current AEW star and former WWE superstar Brodie Lee (Jon Huber) had passed away at the age of 41. Lee was the leader of the AEW faction "Dark Order" and a former AEW TNT Champion. Known as Luke Harper during his WWE run, he held the WWE Intercontinental Championship, NXT Tag Team Championships, and WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships. To say the news of his death was stunning would be an understatement. Within the wrestling industry, Lee had long been seen as one of the best big man workers out there, and he was just starting to develop the character aspect of his game in AEW.
Tributes and reactions were quick to flood social media and we have gathered some of them here for our readers.
Our thoughts are with Huber's family during this incredibly difficult time.
This is heartbreaking. I'm at a legit loss for words right now. Such a kind, talented dude. Absolutely one of a kind.. #RIPBrodieLee— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) December 27, 2020
Wow. #RIPBrodieLee. Heartbreaking. He was such a great guy. Thinking of his family, especially with it being the holidays. 💔— Kayla Braxton (@KaylaBraxtonWWE) December 27, 2020
To an amazing talent, friend, leader and most importantly father. We all love you and will miss you forever. Thank you for putting smiles on so many faces.December 27, 2020
Tell your people you love them. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. My heart goes out to the Huber family.#RIPBrodieLee— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) December 27, 2020
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Brodie was one of the best humans I’ve ever met. We hit it off as soon as we met. He was an amazing performer, a mentor, but more importantly a dear friend. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for everything. #RIPBrodieLee https://t.co/3vbBo0K8bO— Pres10 (@Pres10Vance) December 27, 2020
It doesn’t feel real posting this...December 27, 2020
This was my Bday, which I share with Doc. Brodie & Miro photobombed us & we all shared a great laugh.
I’m shattered over Brodie’s passing. He was full of life with a wife & young children he loved. A devastating reminder of how fragile life is. Rest well, friend.#RIPBrodieLee pic.twitter.com/3p5BH18YIr— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) December 27, 2020
I’m so deeply sorry for the loss of Jon Huber. We bonded over the love of our children. He was a true family man. #RIPBrodieLee— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) December 27, 2020
One of the Best Men I ever had the pleasure of working with as well as one Great Husband, Father and Friend. Words Can’t express my Hurt for his Family Please keep them all lifted in Prayer #RIPBrodieLee— Titus O'Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) December 27, 2020
One of the nicest people I ever had the pleasure of spending time with. Supportive, funny, humble and a wealth of knowledge, always willing to help the younger guys. Already so missed. All my love and prayers go out to his family. We’re all here for you 💔 #RIPBrodieLee https://t.co/E66bgEwP4j— Kip Sabian (@TheKipSabian) December 27, 2020
I meet Jon one year ago in Jacksonville. Love the dude right away, I could tell instantly that he was a STAR and more importantly a really good man who loved his wife and kids. My heart breaks for his family & friends during this very difficult time. 🙏 #RipBrodieLee https://t.co/6pJrCE8pFj— taz (@OfficialTAZ) December 27, 2020
The world has lost a great one.
One of the absolute best.
In every way. #RIPBrodieLee— Kevin (@FightOwensFight) December 27, 2020
BRODIE LEE I AM SO SORRY BUBBA GOD BLESS YOU FOREVER YOU WERE BEST BIG MAN pic.twitter.com/8Nycti34hF— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) December 27, 2020
WWE is saddened to learn that Jon Huber, known to WWE fans as Luke Harper, passed away today at age 41. WWE extends its condolences to Huber’s family, friends and fans.https://t.co/hZnBguE4Mj— WWE (@WWE) December 27, 2020
This is devastating. Jon was just...great. A great, funny, immensely talented, warm, family driven human being. All of our love, thoughts and warmth to his family.— Adam (Edge) Copeland (@EdgeRatedR) December 27, 2020
In utter disbelief hearing of the passing of Brodie Lee. I’m unable to process this. I can’t believe it.— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) December 27, 2020
I hope you all get to know someone like Jon. He was the biggest family man & someone who made me laugh daily. I’ll miss him every day for the rest of my life. I love you, Brodie, and I thank you so much for loving me.— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) December 27, 2020
I love you and I miss you #RIPBrodieLee— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) December 27, 2020
Devastating. You were wonderful in every way. Thank you for being you. #RIPBrodie— Adam Cole (@AdamColePro) December 27, 2020