Sad news out of the wrestling world today as Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, best known for being a member of the iconic tag team The Hart Foundation alongside Bret “Hit Man” Hart, has passed away at the age of 63.
WWE confirmed the news via their website, with TMZ Sports stating Neidhart suffered “a medical emergency at a home in Florida.” No further details regarding a cause of death are known at this time.
Notably, Neidhart’s wrestling legacy has continued on with his daughter, Natalya, who has been part of WWE’s main roster since 2008.
Many figures in the wrestling world took to social media to pay their respects once the news broke.
Stunned and saddened. I just don't have the words right now.
I'm not in the mood to write much. I just wanted to publically show my support for Ellie, Jenni, Muffy, @NatbyNature & @TJWilson I was honored to be allowed into the inner sanctum of the Hart family. Jim Neidhart always showed me love.???? #RIPAnvil
So sorry to hear about the death of Jim Neidhart. My best to all of his family
The only thing bigger than his on-screen character was his heart. Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart loved performing with & spending time with his family...and he made us all smile while doing it. Thinking of @NatbyNature, @TJWilson, & the entire Hart family during this difficult time.
ONE OF MY OLDEST FRIENDS IN THE BUSINESS JIM NEIDHART. WE TRAVEL TOGETHER I LOVE HIM FOREVER LIKE A BROTHER. GOD BLESS FAMILY I NEVER FORGET YOU BUBBA.
It is terrible I just heard Jim Neidhart passed away. I just pray for his family to get through this.Jim was a great friend and I will really miss him.
RIP Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. He grew up in SoCal, attending Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach and then UCLA before going to the NFL and Calgary for wrestling training. Made his first Southern California wrestling appearance in 1985. Thoughts are with his friends and family.
R.I.P. Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. My heartfelt condolences to his family. Jim stood out in a unique world with one of a kind personalities.
My condolences to @NatbyNature & her family over the loss of her father, Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart. My thoughts, prayers & heart are with you, Nattie.
I've worked with hundreds in the wrestling business. Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart was no doubt one of the most underrated of all time. Great wrestler, great entertainer, phenomenal human being. Thank you for all you did for us.
Rest In Peace Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart. A colorful character, powerhouse and beast in the ring with an explosive frenetic edge to him. A classic one of a kind grappler - forever the yin to Bret's yang. They broke the mold with the Anvil. My thoughts are with his family.
Really sorry to hear about the passing of Jim The Anvil Neidhart. Such a charismatic dude- and 1/2 of one of the greatest tag teams ever. https://t.co/GNg0DPSmkG
If you couldn't like Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart your the one with the problem. You didn't to always agree with him but if this guy would give the shirt off his back. He was a tremendous athlete. Track and... https://t.co/M26hWaX4vc
So sad to hear Jim The Anvil Neidhart has passed away ???? Brian Blair who runs Cauliflower Alley broke the news. He had a lot of issues but he was brilliant in the Hart Foundation. Might have to stick on some of their stuff later. RIP Anvil.
Jim Neidhart was a big part of my love for professional wrestling growing up. He was the perfect high energy powerhouse to back up the technical prowess of Bret Hart as one half of the Hart Foundation and it's incredibly sad to hear of his passing. RIP.
Rest in peace Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. Heaven is turning into one heck of a Pay Per View. #JimNeidhart #TeamChyna
Devastating news Jim Neidhart my friend has passed away!! I can hardly believe it. Rest In Peace Brother until we meet again !!!
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Jim Neidhart. A Legend of the wrestling industry. My condolences to Jim's family & friends. #RIPAnvil
Jim Neidhart was a great athlete He was the power & strength of The Hart Foundation I loved their finishing maneuver Celebrate his life Watch his matches today My heart hurts for his daughters, wife & @TJWilson There is only one #Anvil
Jim Neidhart headlined one of the two events I promoted early in my career, and gave the world a wonderful human being in his daughter @NatbyNature. My deepest condolences to her, @TJWilson, and the entire Hart family. https://t.co/krtC0hFVUE
Saddened To Hear Jim Neidhart Has Passed. My Prayers Are With His Families. Guess God Needed An "Anvil" Angel RIP Jim????????
Such a shame to learn of the passing of Jim Neidhart. Watching 'The Anvil' in action on WWF Superstars and Wrestling Challenge was one of the staples of my childhood. A larger-than-life character that'll be sorely missed. #RIPAnvil
RIP old friend. Jim Neidhart lived and loved our business. Nothing but love for you and your family. All love.
Incredibly saddened to hear the news about Jim Neidhart. His intensity and athleticism went far beyond powerhouse, grabbing my attention and keeping me firmly glued to the screen as a young wrestling fan. #RIPAnvil
Sad to hear about the passing of Jim Neidhart. Condolences to his family, friends and fans. Jim was an important part of the landscape during one of the most important periods in the industry. RIP Jim,
Shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Jim Neidhart. The #HartFoundation were the greatest of all time. My thoughts are with @NatbyNature @TJWilson and the rest of the Hart family. #RIPAnvil
My Good Friend Jim Neidhart, A World Class Athlete And A Man Among Men. Rest In Peace.
I am so sad to hear about the passing of @wwe legend Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart. My thoughts and prayers are with @NatbyNature @TJWilson and the entire Hart family. #RipAnvil
RIP to Jim The Anvil Neidhart. The Hart foundation was one of my foundest memories and I thank you for that. Prayers to Nattie and the whole Hart family.
Oh Gosh! Just heard about The Anvil!! Sincere condolences go out to the Neidhart family. Such a sad day.
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