Known for his professional wrestling persona as "Paul Bearer," the ghastly manager of several colorful wrestlers, William Moody died Tuesday evening. He was 58. The cause has not been disclosed.
Moody's morbid stare and absurd actions in and out of the ring made him a World Wrestling Entertainment icon.
"Paul Bearer" was best known as for managing The Undertaker and Kane, two wrestling brothers who are 6 feet 10 inches and 7 feet, respectively. As their manager, "Paul Bearer" always carried a brass urn under his arm to imply how dangerous they were in the ring.
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In real life, Moody was a licensed funeral director and embalmer.
WWE released a statement on Moody's death on the organization's official website
"WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of William Moody, aka Paul Bearer, who entertained fans as one of sports-entertainment's most recognizable managers in history. While he might have terrified youngsters with an iconic shrill voice upon his WWE arrival in 1991, Paul Bearer truly became one of WWE's most beloved personalities. Our deepest condolences go out to Moody's family, friends and fans," the statement said.
Professional Wrestlers shared their condolences via Twitter.
Semi-retired professional wrestler and commentator Jerry Lawler wrote, "we lost a dear friend today . . . you will be missed by many, Paul Bearer."
Wrestler Triple H offered his condolences.
"Rest in peace, Paul Bearer. You will never be forgotten. There will never be another," he wrote on the microblogging website.
Diamond Dallas Page tweeted about Moody as well.
"Sad to hear of the passing of Bill Moody (Paul Bearer ) . . . Not a nicer man in the biz. RIP bro," he wrote.
Moody's auto-biography on Percypringle.com explains how he got into the sport.
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"My lifetime interest in professional wrestling began at about the time I learned to walk. I remember that my Mom and Dad would take me to the local 'Wrestling Live On Channel 5' studio television tapings. Needless to say, it was love at first sight," the biography says.
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