Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart passed away this morning at the age of 63-years-old.
No word at this time on The Anvil’s cause of death, but WWE.com has now confirmed his passing. According to The Blast, Neidhart was staying at the house of his daughter Natalya when he began suffering convulsions and a seizure.
Back in July, ex-WWE wrestler Chris Nowinsky revealed Neidhart was dealing with Alzheimers.
Jim last appeared on social media with Natalya a few weeks ago. They attended a Smashing Pumpkins concert together (seen below).
We here at Wrestling News Blog offer our most sincere condolences to Neidhart’s family.
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Where do I even start?!!! Tonight was simply amazing watching @williampcorgan and @smashingpumpkins tear it down in Tampa. @williampcorgan has always been so wonderful to myself and the entire Hart family… we really consider him family. My dad was singing and dancing and it was so great to have my whole family together, enjoying one of the best rock concerts and live shows I’ve ever been to. The most generous things we can do for eachother is to give our time, energy and attention. We can’t thank you enough @williampcorgan. We 🖤 you! #family
Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet
WWE remembered Neidhart with the following statement:
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart passes awayWWE is saddened to learn that Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart passed away.
Best known as the powerhouse of the legendary Hart Foundation tag team with his brother-in-law, Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Jim Neidhart was also the father of current WWE Superstar Natalya.
Neidhart began his ring career after playing professional football with the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys. He was trained by WWE Hall of Famer Stu Hart in the infamous Hart Dungeon in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and earned his ring nickname, The Anvil, after winning an anvil throwing contest.
Neidhart married Stu’s daughter, Ellie, to become a member of the legendary Hart Family before making the move to WWE along with Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith when WWE purchased Stu Hart’s Calgary Stampede Wrestling.
Initially, Neidhart and Hart were managed by Jimmy Hart as The Hart Foundation and went on to win two WWE World Tag Team Championships.
After several years of teaming with Bret’s younger brother, Owen Hart, and some singles competition, The Hart Foundation was re-formed in controversial fashion in 1997. Consisting of Neidhart, Bret, Owen, Smith and Brian Pillman, the pro-Canadian faction stirred United States crowds into a frenzy with their anti-American sermons.
Neidhart last competed in WWE in 1997 but his legacy lives on today through his daughter, Natalya, who displays her father’s signature charisma and toughness every time she steps in the ring.
WWE extends its condolences to Neidhart’s family, friends and fans.