William Moody, better known to pro wrestling fans as Paul Bearer, the pasty-faced, urn-carrying manager for performers The Undertaker and Kane, has died, the WWE said. He was 58. Making his WWE debut in 1991 as The Undertaker’s manager, Moody’s spooky alter ego quickly became one of the most recognizable stars working for Vince McMahon.
Born William Alvin Moody, he made his debut in the wrestling world in 1979 as Percy Pringle, in several independent organizations in the South. He took time off after his first son was born, but returned to the sport in 1984. He made his debut in the WWE in 1991 as Paul Bearer, the mortician-themed manager for The Undertaker. Brother Love, who first introduced Undertaker to the world, gave him the manager position. Throughout the next 20 years, he would make appearances off and on with the WWE. In recent months, he had made appearances with Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.
Although the circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear, Moody suffered serious health problems over the last decade.