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Jim Neidhart, one half of the Hart Foundation, is dead at age 63. Neidhart fell and hit his head early this morning. The Psco County (Fla.) Sheriff’s office told TMZ that he was having seizure and convulsions.
Neidhart is the father of current WWE wrestler Natalya.
Neidhart’s greatest fame in pro wrestling came while teaming with Bret Hart and managed by Jimmy Hart in the 1980s during a glory period of WWF tag team wrestling, feuding with The British Bulldogs, The Killer Bees, and The Rockers among other teams. They beat The Bulldogs to become WWF Tag Team Champions in 1987. They lost the tag titles later that year to Strike Force (Rick Martel & Tito Santana). They held the tag team titles a second time in 1990.
Neidhart was also part of the pro-Canada, anti-USA “heel faction” also called The Hart Foundation in 1997, which included Bret Hart, Owen Hart, and Brian Pillman.
Neidhart’s key trait was a goatee along with signature facial expressions and laugh.
I’m heartbroken to hear of the sudden passing of my 30+ year friend, Jim Neidhart.
We met in the 80’s when Bill Watts booked ‘The Anvil’ in Mid South & Jim even coached Cowboy’s son Micah on how to shot put.
We lost a damn, good man. #RIPAnvil
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) 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® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) August 13, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Neidhart family
Jim Neidhart Passes Away At 63-Years-Old @Myringsidenews https://t.co/isJ2UFVdGd
— Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat (@real_steamboat) August 13, 2018
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. pic.twitter.com/lt1dE8QOvt
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) August 13, 2018
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.
— Demolition Smash (@RealDemoSmash) August 13, 2018