Bill Moody, 58, who entertained WWE fans for years as the spooky manager “Paul Bearer,” died Tuesday evening.
Moody debuted in the WWE as Bearer in 1991, managing the supernatural Undertaker. Bearer was a former funeral director who guided Undertaker to the WWE title, until turning on him to start managing Undertaker’s brother, Kane.
Moody left WWE as a full-time perfomer in 2002, but had returned sporadically since then. The cause of his death was not immediately known.
“WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of William Moody, a.k.a. Paul Bearer,” the company said in a statement.
“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.”
Before coming to WWE, Moody was well known as wrestling manager Percy Pringle.
Moody is survived by two sons, Michael and Daniel.