Cape Town - Former WWE Tag Team champion Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart has died. He was 63.
ESPN reported that Neidhart fell at his home in Florida and hit his head, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office.
According to the Wrestling Inc website and TMZ, Neidhart's wife Elizabeth told emergency personnel that her husband collapsed while apparently having a seizure and hit his head when falling.
Elizabeth added that Jim got out of bed after having difficulty sleeping, and went to change the thermostat. Jim went to touch the thermostat and "turned weirdly as if he were about to dance. He then fell towards the wall and ground," the investigation report states.
Elizabeth called 911 because she thought he was having a seizure as he "suffers from seizures and takes medication" for them.
Jim's last seizure was in December 2017 and doctors also believed that he may have had Alzheimer's disease, according to Elizabeth.
Emergency officials arrived at the Neidhart home in Florida and found Jim on the floor with a four inch gash on his face. Investigators found medication at the home but it was noted that "none of the medication appeared to have been abused."
Neidhart reached his highest level of success and celebrity as one half of the two-time WWE tag team champion Hart Foundation in the late 1980s alongside his real-life brother-in-law Bret Hart. The 6-foot-2, 280-pound native of Florida, married Hart's sister Ellie in 1979. He is survived by their three daughters.
Although Neidhart is not a member of the WWE Hall of Fame and hasn't regularly been featured in storylines or appearances as a WWE legend, he did have a recurring role alongside Natalya in recent years on the E! reality show "Total Divas."
Natalya, real name Natalie, is a former WWE SmackDown women's champion and WWE Divas champion.
Stunned and saddened. I just don’t have the words right now. pic.twitter.com/fcO8Skuuhz— Bret Hart (@BretHart) August 13, 2018
The only thing bigger than his on-screen character was his heart.— Triple H (@TripleH) August 13, 2018
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart loved performing with & spending time with his family...and he made us all smile while doing it.
Thinking of @NatbyNature, @TJWilson, & the entire Hart family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/ahWuWGXInv
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
I am overwhelmed with grief, love and sympathy by the passing of Jim Neidhart. Love and prayers to his family. He was always with me and a real friend through the good and bad. Love and miss you already, Jim. RIP my brother. HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) 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
If you couldn't like Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart your the one with the problem. You didn't to always agree with him but if this guy would give the shirt off his back. He was a tremendous athlete. Track and... https://t.co/M26hWaX4vc— Gene Okerlund (@TheGeneOkerlund) August 13, 2018
The Anvil’s physique , athletic ability and charisma always inspired me! Thank you and goodbye for now. #RIPJimTheAnvilNeidhart— Rusev (@RusevBUL) August 13, 2018
Sad to hear of the passing of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. Always fun to be around and a unique character in and out of the ring. My best wishes to @NatbyNature and the rest of the Hart family.— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) August 13, 2018
@NatbyNature So sorry to hear of the passing of Jim Neidhart. RIP— Rob Van Dam (@TherealRVD) August 13, 2018
So sad about Jim's passing.— Lex Luger (@GenuineLexLuger) August 13, 2018
We shared a passion for golf. Used to drag our clubs along on the road. Great times together and cherished memories. Prayers and condolences for his family ?????? https://t.co/KwW88JzVJX
Very saddened with Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart's passing. I was his fan (hence my pointy beard), I was fortunate get to work with him in wrestling and a movie. Jim the man was a sweetheart who always greeted me with a hug and smile. My thoughts are with his family. This stings... pic.twitter.com/Sk7G5rF71M— Brian Heffron aka The Blue Meanie (@BlueMeanieBWO) August 13, 2018
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart...Thank you sir for your years of remarkable talent and charisma in the wrestling industry! Sending comfort and prayers to TJ, Nattie, and family! pic.twitter.com/EMlSBbsYbA— Vickie Guerrero (@VickieGuerrero) August 13, 2018
I’m heartbroken to hear of the sudden passing of my 30+ year friend, Jim Neidhart.— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) August 13, 2018
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
What a sad last few weeks for the Wrestling World...another great taken way too soon. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/oE5mbaaSur— Jerry Lawler (@JerryLawler) August 13, 2018
Very sad to hear about The Anvil. Thinking of the entire Hart Family. Nattie, you’re always there for us backstage and we are all here for you. ??— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) August 13, 2018
Really sad to hear the unfortunate news about Uncle Jim Neidhart passing away. ?? We always had real special bond together ???????? ?? pic.twitter.com/7aG7mr2sID— Davey Boy Smith Jr. (@DBSmithjr) August 13, 2018
Very saddened that hear of the passing of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. A staple of my youth watching WWF on television. Especially being a huge fan of tag team wrestling. Sending strength, love and positive vibes to @NatbyNature @TJWilson and the entire Hart family. Godspeed.— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) August 13, 2018
1993...I was a young boy and green. You worked with me in a HS gymnasium. We talked about shot-putting. You beat me up, blew me up, cloths lined my head off and beat me in 6min.— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) August 13, 2018
THANK YOU for helping me pay my dues.
My condolences to the Neidhart family. GOD BLESS?? https://t.co/ooInF2cwiT
My condolences go out to @NatbyNature @TJWilson and family for their loss. One of the greatest in @WWE tag team wrestling Jim The Anvil Neidhart. Thank you for all the Great memories, matches and Inspiring my career. You will be missed. #R.I.P. Jim pic.twitter.com/yaLn0tR3pU— D-von Dudley (@TestifyDVon) August 13, 2018
Shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Jim Neidhart. The #HartFoundation were the greatest of all time. My thoughts are with @NatbyNature @TJWilson and the rest of the Hart family. #RIPAnvil— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) August 13, 2018