Our thoughts are with the Neidhart family during this difficult time. Earlier this week, former pro wrestler Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart died after a tragic accident at his home in Wesley Chapel, FL and now his daughter, Total Divas star — and WWE Superstar — Natalya Neidhart is opening up about her dad’s death.
“I can’t put into words how hard it is going to be for myself and our family to have to say goodbye to my dad. He meant the world to us, and nothing will ever replace the special times we shared together as a family,” the 36-year-old wrote on Instagram. “My dad was always a fighter and an incredibly special person. There was no one like him! I’m just gonna miss him so much. We are going to hold all of the moments we had with him close to our hearts forever and never let them go. I promise to keep your memory alive. We love you so much, Daddy!”
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I really want to thank everyone for all of the love that they’ve shown to my dad and my family in the last day. It means so much to us in this tough time. My dad would be so blown away that you all thought so much of him. I can’t find the words right now to express what my dad truly meant to me, but in time I will be able to. I didn’t realize saying goodbye would be this hard. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a cause that’s close to my heart and my dad’s, womensalzheimersmovement.org 💜 I promise to keep your memory alive and continue to pay it forward.
Jim Neidhart was one half of The Hart Foundation tag team with his brother-in-law Bret Hart. The duo was very popular in the WWE during the 1990s, back when it was known as the WWF. He would make regular appearances in scenes with Nattie on her hit E! reality TV series.
Nattie’s Total Divas co-stars also took to social media to share their condolences, and her friend Nikki Bella shared a sweet, touching tribute. “RIP Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart Your legacy will continue. Your talent and personality will never be forgotten. And your amazing support of so many of us WWE Superstars will always be cherished,” she wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for helping [Brie Bella] and I from day one. Has meant so much to us.”
In another Instagram post, Nattie asked that in lieu of flowers, fans should instead send contributions to The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.