Sad news broke from the wrestling world. Paul Bearer real name William Moody has passed away Tuesday evening at the age of 58. He was the long time manager of The Undertaker.
The news broke with an official statement by the WWE:
“WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of William Moody, aka Paul Bearer. Moody made his WWE debut in 1991 as the manager of The Undertaker and went on to become a memorable part of WWE over the course of the next 20 years.”
“Our deepest condolences go out to Moody’s family, friends and fans.”
As a teenager he started out in the wrestling business as ringside photographer. After his graduation of high school he joined the United States Air Force. Where in his off duty time he wrestled for Indian Coast Independent Promotions.
Once he cut back on the wrestling and after his first son’s birth he got his degree in mortuary science. Also receiving a certificate to be a funeral director and embalmer.
He made his WWE debut in 1991 where he managed the Undertaker. Him and Taker pretty much ruled the 90’s era of wrestling. After years of managing The Deadman, he bounced back and forth to different federations, also working back stage with the WWE and making sporadic tv appearances for the company. Making a huge name and much history with the WWE along the way.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the WWE for this loss.
Here is a little clip of Moody in an interview given by Brian Soacia for beneaththemat.com at WrestleMania27: