US wrestler Jon Huber has been honoured by some of the biggest names in the industry, after dying from a non-COVID related lung illness.
Huber, 41, wrestled under the names Luke Harper and Brodie Lee, and performed for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as well as All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
His wife Amanda posted a tribute to her husband on social media after his death on Saturday.
She said he died surrounded by family and friends.
“He was my best friend, my husband, and the greatest father you would ever meet,” she wrote.
“No words can express the love I feel or how broken I am right now.”
Huber — under the name Luke Harper — wrestled in WWE for most of the last decade.
He was in the ring with some of the top stars in the company, including Kane, Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns and John Cena.
While most often associated in tag-team wrestling, Huber did have a successful singles run which culminated when he won the Intercontinental Championship — one of the company’s most prestigious titles.
Huber started wresting for AEW in March 2020 and was immediately put into a main role.
He fought for the AEW World Title in May, before then feuding with Cody Rhodes — one of AEW’s most popular stars.
Rhodes — who was the last person to wrestle Huber — described him as “an extremely gifted athlete and storyteller”.
“Upon anybody’s first meeting with [Huber], it was even more apparent he was a family man and a first-class human being,” Rhodes wrote.
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— Cody (@CodyRhodes) December 27, 2020