WWE legend Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart has died aged 63, the company has confirmed.

Neidhart, father of current WWE star Natalya, was one of the most popular wrestlers in the late 1980s, and was a frequent tag partner of Bret ‘Hit Man’ Hart.

The Metro Reported that the duo, known as the Hart Foundation, twice won the WWE tag-team championships, and established a reputation as a fan-friendly team.

He made his wrestling debut in 1979 after training in the infamous Hart Dungeon under Stu Hart and earned his ring nickname, ‘The Anvil’, after winning an anvil throwing contest.

Neidhart married Stu’s daughter, Ellie, and became an official member of the Hart family. 

Credit: WWE
Credit: WWE

According to The metro in March 2012 he was sentenced to six months in jail after a number of offences, and he went through WWE paid rehab twice.

As the news of his death emerged, high profile names from the world of wrestling have paid tribute to Neidhart.

WWE star Titus O’Neil wrote: “My deepest condolences to my Natalya, Tyson Kidd and their family during this very tough time of loss of a family member not only to you all, but to all of the WWE Family as a whole.”

Fellow WWE competitor Dana Brooke said: “My heart & condolences goes to Natalya, Tyson Kidd and family through this tough time.

“So sad to hear the loss of Jim. The bond between Natti & her father was unbreakable. He is your angel every step of the way! RIP – the WWE family is praying for you.”

And the WWE said: “WWE extends its condolences to Neidhart’s family, friends and fans.”