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UPDATED: More Details on Jim Neidhart Passing Away

August 13, 2018 | Posted by Larry Csonka
Jim Neidhart

UPDATE 4: TMZ has more details surrounding the unexpected passing of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart on Monday morning. According to the site, Neidhart’s wife told investigators that he was having difficulty sleeping and got out of bed in order to change the thermostat in the house. The report notes that Elizabeth Neidhart said when Jim went to touch the thermostat, he “turned weirdly as if he were about to dance,” then fell toward the wall and ground where he hit his head.

Elizabeth called 911 believing he was having a seizure, which he took medication for. His last seizure was in December and doctors believed that he may have also had Alzheimer’s. Neidhart was found on the floor with a four-inch gash on his face. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Investigators found medication at the home, but none of it appears to have been abused.

UPDATE x3: TMZ reports that the Pasco Sheriff’s Office has stated the following…

“Preliminary information indicates that [Neidhart] fell at home, hit his head, and succumbed to his injury. No foul play suspected. No additional information to release at this time.”

UPDATED x2 TMZ reports that Neidhart passed away early Monday morning after suffering a medical emergency at a home in Florida.

UPDATE: WWE has commented on the news, confirming his passing…

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.

ORIGINAL: According to Brian Blair, Jim Neidhart has reportedly passed away at the age of 63. Slam wrestling is also reporting the news. More details as they become available…

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