The wrestling world has lost a prominent figure. William Moody, better known as the theatrical WWE character Paul Bearer, has died at age 58, the World Wrestling Entertainment announced Tuesday (Mar. 5).
The organization posted the following statement on their web site:
"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."
Prior to his passing, Moody had canceled several appearances. The cause of his death has not been revealed. Below, celebs react to the news.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) March 6, 2013
— Pusha T (@FEARofGODflow) March 6, 2013
For those that didn't know Paul Bearer was a legit funeral director in real life..
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) March 6, 2013
Very sad about Paul Bearer,he was a great person and one of the original boys,he was what made wrestling great much love much respect HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) March 6, 2013
R.I.P. Paul Bearer...Don't say it, it's too soon. #UndertakerJokes
— JamesPoyser (@jamespoyser) March 6, 2013