Beloved former WWE tag-team star and fan favourite Jim Neidhart has passed away aged 63.
A popular figure in the WWE during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Neidhart was best known as one half of the tag team the Hart Foundation.
Alongside tag-team partner Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, they twice won the WWE tag-team championships, and had a reputation as two of the most popular ‘Faces’ – essentially the good guys – in the organisation.
Neidhart had a genuine family bond to Bret too – he married the Hitman’s sister Ellie – and went on to team up with Owen Hart as a tag team in the mid-90s.
Born James Henry Neidhart in Florida in 1955, Neidhart made his wrestling debut in 1979 after training under the legendary Stu Hart – Bret and Owen’s dad.
He famously earned the nickname “The Anvil” after winning an anvil toss competition in impressive fashion during an event in Calgary.
Despite enjoying notable success as a tag team star, Neidhart never quite reached the same heights as a solo wrestler.
As the 90s progressed, his career became increasingly nomadic, taking in spells with the WCW and ECW.
More recently, personal problems saw The Anvil spend six months behind bars and go through two separate stints in rehab, paid for by WWE.
News of Neidhart’s death prompted an outpouring of emotion from the wrestling community with several notable names from the past and present of WWE taking to Twitter to pay tribute.
He is survived by his three daughters Jennifer, Kristen and Natalie – the latter of whom competes as the wrestler Natalya in the WWE.