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WWE legend Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart has died aged 63, the company has confirmed.
WWE is saddened to learn that Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart has passed away. https://t.co/Isxv3ElA3Y
- WWE (@WWE) August 13, 2018
Neidhart, father of current WWE star Natalya, was one of the most popular wrestlers in the late 1980s, and was a frequent tag partner of Bret 'Hit Man' Hart.
The Metro reported that the duo, known as the Hart Foundation, twice won the WWE tag-team championships, and established a reputation as a fan-friendly team.
He made his wrestling debut in 1979 after training in the infamous Hart Dungeon under Stu Hart and earned his ring nickname, 'The Anvil', after winning an anvil throwing contest.
Neidhart married Stu's daughter, Ellie, and became an official member of the Hart family.
According to the Metro, in March 2012 he was sentenced to six months in jail after a number of offences, and he went through WWE paid rehab twice.
As the news of his death emerged, high profile names from the world of wrestling have paid tribute to Neidhart.
Stunned and saddened. I just don't have the words right now. pic.twitter.com/fcO8Skuuhz- Bret Hart (@BretHart) August 13, 2018
My Good Friend Jim Neidhart, A World Class Athlete And A Man Among Men. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/JSmdpZ9YZ1- Ric Flair:registered: (@RicFlairNatrBoy) August 13, 2018
Saddened To Hear Jim Neidhart Has Passed. My Prayers Are With His Families. Guess God Needed An "Anvil" Angel RIP Jim:pray:- SGT SLAUGHTER (@_SgtSlaughter) August 13, 2018
So sad to announce the passing of my friend and longtime colleague, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. Your thoughts and prayers for the family are deeply appreciated! @CACReunion @JimValley @allan_cheapshot @mattfarmer93 @WrestlingIWF @davemeltzerWON @SlamSports @jumpinjbrunzell- B Brian Blair :flag_us: (@Killerbee1B) August 13, 2018
WWE star Titus O'Neil wrote: "My deepest condolences to my Natalya, Tyson Kidd and their family during this very tough time of loss of a family member not only to you all, but to all of the WWE Family as a whole."
Fellow WWE competitor Dana Brooke said: "My heart & condolences goes to Natalya, Tyson Kidd and family through this tough time.
"So sad to hear the loss of Jim. The bond between Natti & her father was unbreakable. He is your angel every step of the way! RIP - the WWE family is praying for you."
And the WWE said: "WWE extends its condolences to Neidhart's family, friends and fans."
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