WWE legend Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart has died aged 63

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It's often said that superstars pass away long before their time, and it's with great sadness that WWE legend Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart has died aged 63 today.

Neidhart was a real presence in the WWF through the 1980s and 90s and he was as genuine as he was tough.

Perhaps best known for his time with Bret Hart as part of The Hart Foundation, 'The Anvil' won the Tag Team Championship on two occasions, both with WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart.

The Hart Foundation was one of the most legendary stables to ever grace the wrestling business with The Hart Foundation with Bret Hart, Brian Pillman, The British Bulldog and Owen Hart joining Neidhart and it's sad to say that only Bret now remains of that five-man group.

Neidhart, a proud Canadian, was also the father of current WWE superstar Natalya.

No cause of death has been released at this time, but the WWE have indeed now confirmed the news.

Killer Bee Brian Blair announced his passing on Twitter, writing: "So sad to announce the passing of my friend and longtime colleague, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. Your thoughts and prayers for the family are deeply appreciated!"

Neidhart only officially retired from the independent scene in 2013, but was still very much up to date with what was going on the world of professional wrestling.

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Speaking to VOC Nation Sports Radio back in 2013, he almost saw the women's revolution coming and praised his daughter, too.

He added: “These Divas not only have looks and personality, but they can wrestle too. You have to be able to wrestle. They’re all very good athletic wrestlers and they’re all well spoken. I couldn’t be more proud of my daughter and her success.”

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Neidhart had two separate stints in rehab due to drug problems down the years and Natalya always stayed close by his side, even telling Bret Hart on Total Divas that she had spent Christmas in rehab with her father.

Rest in peace, Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart.

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