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'Paul Bearer' dies: Pro-wrestling manager William Moody dead at 58

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   March 6, 2013 at 12:43 PM   |   Comments

March 6 (UPI) -- William Moody, the wild-eyed manager of professional wrestlers known as "Paul Bearer" died Tuesday at the age of 58.

Moody, who managed WWE wrestlers The Undertaker and Kane, was inspired by a degree in mortuary science to create his morbid ringside character.

He was known for carrying an urn under his arm. Once, he was brought in ringside in a casket born by monks; another match was set in a ring bordered by fire.

The WWE announced his passing in a brief statement on their website, but gave no details on the cause of his death.

{"q: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."}

According to TMZ, Moody suffered from serious health problems related to his gallbladder and morbid obesity.

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