Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart, WWE Legend, Dies at 63

Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart, WWE Legend, Dies at 63

The cause of death is unknown as of this update.

Ross Hart, his brother-in-law and a former pro wrestler, told The Associated Press that Neidhart suffered from Alzheimer's disease and it was believed he suffered a grand mal seizure on Monday. He began his wrestling career in 1979 after training with legendary Canadian coach Stu Hart.

In a statement, WWE extended their condolences to Neidhart's family, friends, and fans.

As the news of his death emerged, high profile names from the world of wrestling have paid tribute to Neidhart. The couple had three daughters, including middle child Natalie, who would later on be known in WWE as Natalya. "I just don't have the words right now".

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Neidhart won the World Tag Team Championship twice alongside Bret, and also held numerous regional championships across the U.S. and Canada. The two Hart brothers joined Neidhart, Davey Boy Smith and Brian Pillman in a re-formed Hart Foundation faction that enjoyed a strong run in 1997. After a forgettable stint as the one-note Who, a more substantial Hart Foundation was formed, propping up numerous company's best angles before Bret Hart's acrimonious departure following Survivor Series "97". He last fought in WWE in 1997.

He earned his ring nickname, The Anvil, after winning an anvil throwing contest. Known by their bright pink ring gear, the Hart Foundation became two-time WWF Tag Team Champions. The team was managed by Jimmy Hart and made its debut at Wrestlemania 2.

Others echoed Hart's and Flair's fond memories of Neidhart.

Neidhart had recently hung out with his daughter Natalya (another pro wrestler), who bragged they were on their way to get manicures and pedicures.

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