And then there was one… Sad news in the wrestling world once again today, as we learn Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart has passed away at the age of 63. Looking back at the Hart Foundation from the Attitude Era, only one person remains, Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart is now the only surviving member. Over the years, we’ve sadly lost Owen, The British Bulldog, Brian Pillman and now The Anvil.
TMZ has reported that Neidhart got out of bed to change the thermostat, when he did his body made a weird turn, then he fell towards the wall, hitting his head and landing on the ground. Neidhart had a history of suffering from seizures, which he took medication for. His wife Ellie called 911 after the fall, thinking he was having a seizure. When emergency staff arrived at Neidhart’s home, they found a 4-inch gash on his forehead, he succumbed to his injuries shortly after.
Neidhart of course best known for his time in the WWF, as a two-time Tag Team Champion with Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart in the Hart Foundation. A real-life brother-in-law to the aforementioned ‘Hitman’, the late Owen Hart and the late ‘British Bulldog’ Davey Boy Smith. The Anvil leaves behind his wife Ellie, and three daughters Jenny, Kristen and Natalie (along with her husband TJ aka Tyson Kidd), who followed in his foot steps as a professional wrestler and is known as Natalya in the WWE. Natalya posted a lovely tribute to her father on her Instagram page:
I can’t put into words how hard it is going to be for myself and our family to have to say goodbye to my dad. He meant the world to us, and nothing will ever replace the special times we shared together as a family. My dad was always a fighter and an incredibly special person. There was no one like him! I’m just gonna miss him so much. We are going to hold all of the moments we had with him close to our hearts forever and never let them go. I promise to keep your memory alive. We love you so much, Daddy! On behalf of my entire family, we would also like to personally thank everyone for the outpouring of thoughts and prayers. It’s meant so much to us.
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