Brodie Lee's Wife Opens Up About His Final Days

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Brodie Lee’s passing hit the pro wrestling world in a huge way and many will mourn his passing for years to come. He left two children and a wife behind, and now his wife Amanda Huber has revealed everything that happened.

AEW recently invited Amanda Huber onto the AEW Unrestricted podcast. During that show, she gave a comprehensive rundown of what happened in Brodie Lee’s life during those final days. This was a tragic story to read, but so many fans still have questions, and hopefully this will help with some of those.

Thanks to Reddit user miber3 for laying everything out in an organized fashion so fans can have a better understanding as to what happened during Mr. Brodie Lee’s final days.

  • Monday 
    • On the day of Brodie Lee recording the AEW Unrestricted Podcast, he was on his Peloton bike but was unable to finish his workout, citing a shortness of breath. Concerned about the possibility of Covid-19, Amanda took his temperature and checked his senses of taste and smell, but it all seemed normal.
  • Tuesday 
    • He tried the workout again, with the same result.
  • Wednesday 
    • He drove to Jacksonville for Dynamite tapings. He tested negative for COVID-19, but due to his symptoms, Doc Sampson did not feel confident allowing him inside their bubble, so he drove back home.
    • As a precaution, Brodie quarantined in his bedroom, away from Amanda and the kids.
  • Thursday 
    • He developed a high fever Thursday. Amanda kept him hydrated but he was not eating.
    • Additionally, he got a nasal swab test. The results came back Sunday, and were negative.
  • Friday 
    • Went to Urgent Care and was diagnosed with Bronchitis and allergies. Brodie said that he felt like he had pneumonia.
    • He was prescribed an oral antibiotic, an oral steroid, and allergy medication.
  • Sunday 
    • Was showing visible signs of distress.
    • They went back to the hospital. He was leaning on Amanda as they were walking, as he was having trouble. Amanda told him to sit down and that they should get a wheelchair, but Brodie refused.
    • They took him back to triage. They checked his temperature, but at that time his fever had gone away. They checked his oxygen multiple times (with multiple machines), as they didn’t believe the result. His oxygen level was 52 (normal is ~100, an asthma attack is ~85). He was rushed back to be put on oxygen.
    • The doctors suspected COVID-19, and he was tested again (the third time, so far). Again, the results were negative.
  • Wednesday 
    • He was taken to the ICU so that they could keep a better eye on him.

AEW EVP Chris Harrington reached out to them offering their help. This was at least in part due to Amanda wanting to keep things private. They did not want this to end up in the dirt sheets.

  • Fast-Forward to Halloween 
    • The doctor told her that they needed to transfer Brodie to another hospital outside of Tampa. They opted for the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, since she knew they had some connections through AEW in Jacksonville.
    • The reasoning for the transfer was described as ‘a matter of life or death.’ He needed to go on an ECMO machine as well as possibly needing a lung transplant.
    • Brodie was still conscious at this point, but they told Amanda she shouldn’t see him now because she was clearly emotional and they worried it would just upset and make things worse for Brodie. She was told to go back home and pack a bag and come back.
  • Later That Same Day 
    • Amanda did not want to lie to Brodie Jr and tell him that everything would be okay, but instead tried to focus on the positives: that his dad was going to the best hospital in Florida where they would try to take good care of him.
    • She took pictures of her boys in their costumes so that she could show them to Brodie when she got to the hospital (they’re on Instagram here)
    • Just as she was about to pack her bag to go back to the hospital she received a call that he “crashed and was intubated.”
    • When she arrived to his hospital room she said it was “horrifying to look at.” The room was trashed and he had a tube down his throat. She had to sit in the conference room as they awaited the flight transfer. Around 1am they boarded the plane and flew to Jacksonville.
  • The First Day In Jacksonville 
    • Brodie was placed on an ECMO machine and being prepped for surgery.
    • Amanda had to stay at a hotel in Jacksonville that AEW insisted on covering the costs of.
  • November 9th 
    • Amanda signed paperwork to start the lung transplant process for Brodie.
    • Amanda came to talk to AEW. They asked her how they wanted to handle this, and she told them that she wanted to keep all of this private. She offered to speak to the locker room personally, to hopefully “guilt” them into not letting this information leak out. Both Amanda and Aubrey mention routinely checking places like Reddit to see if the information had leaked.
  • November 14th (Amanda’s birthday) 
    • The nurses had made a banner and surprised Amanda with a birthday cake.
  • End of November 
    • Brodie started showing signs of getting better. They performed a tracheotomy so that Brodie could be removed from the ventilator. He was able to wake up and non-verbally communicate with Amanda (smiling, mouthing words). He started physical therapy and things were looking up.
    • Instead of the ventilator, he was put on oxygen. Unfortunately, he suffered a panic attack, which is when things took a turn for the worse.
  • December 
    • She knew there were going to be setbacks, but in December things seemed to just continually get worse and worse.
    • They wanted to revisit the idea of a lung transplant.
    • While in the hospital, Brodie got an infection in his lungs. She found out about this sometime around December 13th, her and Brodie’s wedding anniversary.
  • December 16th (Brodie’s birthday) 
    • Chris Jericho flew Brodie Jr up to Jacksonville on his private plane. He got to attend that episode of Dynamite, which was a big deal to him as he was (and had always been) such a big wrestling fan.
    • That night, Amanda was expecting to receive a phone call on the decision as to whether or not Brodie would receive a lung transplant. She didn’t hear anything.
  • December 24th 
    • Amanda had gone back home to spend a few days with her kids.
    • She received a phone call from a doctor saying that they needed to begin end of life care. At this point, Brodie’s kidneys and heart were failing. Amanda refused to come back to Jacksonville, as she was determined to spend Christmas with her children.
  • December 25th 
    • Some family had flown in and they tried to have a normal Christmas day, despite the obvious difficulties.
    • That night, along with her brother-in-law and sister-in-law they flew back to Jacksonville. The kids were staying with her mother-in-law, and drove up the next day.
    • She called Cody Rhodes and Big E to see if they would be willing to come to the hospital and be there when she had to tell Brodie Jr about his father’s passing.
  • December 26th 
    • Cody, Big E, Shawn Spears, Peyton Royce, Tyler Breeze, and Margaret and Meghan, from AEW’s PR/Legal team all came to the hospital to say goodbye to Brodie.
    • Cody, Big E, and Amanda went back to the hotel to tell Brodie Jr about his father’s passing.
    • The official cause of death was determined to be “idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.” The term “idiopathic” is used when the cause of a disease is not known. “Pulmonary fibrosis” is a scarring of the lungs. She is still awaiting an autopsy report, which could contain additional information.
  • December 30th
    • No official funeral service was held for Brodie due to COVID-19.
    • Amanda Huber said that “AEW’s celebration of life – that was his funeral.”
    • She didn’t want to watch the tribute video beforehand, so she saw it for the first time while she was in the ring. She said it was “perfect.”

Brodie Lee’s passing will never get easy to take. His wife Amanda Huber laid out everything that happened, and she was very brave coming forward with so many private details.

You can check out the AEW Unrestricted podcast below that Brodie Lee did just before got sick. This is a tragic story and our hearts go out to everyone involved. Brodie Lee is gone, but he will never be forgotten.

https://twitter.com/AEW/status/1354791340568059912

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