Former pro wrestler Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart has died at the age of 63, according to WWE. Neidhart was most well-known for his tenure with Bret Hart in The Hart Foundation, which won the WWE tag team title twice and became one of the most popular tag teams of the Eighties.
Neidhart began wrestling after playing professional football with the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys. He was trained by WWE Hall of Famer Stu Hart in the infamous Hart Dungeon in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and earned his ring nickname, The Anvil, after winning an anvil-throwing contest.
Neidhart last competed in WWE in 1997, though his daughter Natalya Neidhart — a WWE Superstar in her own right — continues to wrestle. She has won the Women's Championship on a number of occasions and appeared alongside her dad on the reality show Total Divas.
"Preliminary information indicates that [Neidhart] fell at home, hit his head, and succumbed to his injury," according to TMZ. "No foul play suspected. No additional information to release at this time."
Neidhart's death was met with heartfelt responses from his wrestling peers, including Hart, as well as famous fans such as the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan. See below.
Stunned and saddened. I just don’t have the words right now. pic.twitter.com/fcO8Skuuhz— Bret Hart (@BretHart) August 13, 2018
So sad to note the passing of Jim Neidhart, famed professional wrestler and father of one of my dearest friends, Nattie. 'The Anvil', as he was known to all, was a gregarious, bear of a man who's laugh was infectious and who had the twinkle in his eye you see in all free spirits. I mourn this loss deeply with his beautiful family, for I know first hand how much Jim is loved. The picture here with Nattie and I was taken just a few days back, at SP's Tampa show, and I will always hold dear our moments together. The Anvil was one of a kind, and I'll send a big prayer up tonight from the stage asking God to look after him well. RIP Anvil! @natbynature @wwe