By Ryan Clark on March 6, 2013
As we unfortunately had to break on Tuesday night’s WZR Radio, William “Paul Bearer” Moody has passed away. We’re told he passed away around 5PM EST after being hospitalized over the past several days.
More as we get it.
UPDATE: Here is the official WWE.com statement confirming the tragic news:
Paul Bearer passes
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
UPDATE x 2: Here are some tweets from numerous talents in the wrestling industry:
Gunner: Very sad to hear of Paul Bearer passing! I had the chance to meet him a few years back! True professional! You will be missed!
Funaki: RIP Paul Bearer.
Indy star Jigsaw: Wow. Crazy to hear about the passing of Paul Bearer (William Moody). Watching him on my TV screen was a huge part of my childhood. RIP
Matt Hardy: It’s very sad to hear about the passing of a great & unique performer, Bill Moody-Paul Bearer. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family.
Jimmy Korderas: Heartbroken hearing the news of Paul Bearer’s passing. Truly one of the good guys! RIP my friend!
Jay Lethal: RIP Paul Bearer.
Michael McGillicutty: Sad to hear the loss of Paul Bearer. He was always very friendly to me and very passionate about this business. He will be missed.
WWE: WWE mourns the loss of legendary manager Paul Bearer (William Moody), who passed away Tuesday evening. http://wwe.me/iq5Ea Former @WWE Superstar William Moody passed away tonight. Our condolences go out to Moody’s family, friends and fans.
The Young Bucks: RIP Paul Bearer. Never met you, but only heard great things.RIP Paul Bearer.
Rikishi: Im sorry to hear this. RIP my brother . You will be missed ” http://WWE.com : Paul Bearer passes away You will be missed by so & I will never forget when we bust a move together my brother #RIPPAULBEARER . pic.twitter.com/KElLZqFTQe
Frankie Kazarian: Man… Very, very sad to hear of the passing of William “Paul Bearer” Moody. What a true class act and all around good human being. RIP.
Scotty Riggs: Unreal…. Truly sad and shocked at the news of the passing of William “Paul Bearer” Moody. #RIPPaulBearer #Godspeed #PaulBearer Paul was a greater person than personality!! RT “@BobbyBayn:@REALScottyRiggs Dude… one of the best Mangers in the history of business.”
Triple H: Rest in peace, Paul Bearer. You will never be forgotten. There will never be another. #PaulBearer
Jeff Jarrett: Sad, sad news… Percy my friend, I will always cherish our friendship we shared over the years… Since 88′ you’ve always made me smile From the 1st time we shared our love of country music or our love of this business, you always put that “Perciville perspective” on things.. R I P Percy… Love ya my friend…
Goldust: Very sad! God be with william moody’s family! God protect the moody family, please. Prayers sent. So sad OMG!! NO! :’-( rest in peace Mr. Moody, may your wife be there to welcome you home. You will be (cont) http://tl.gd/l7r4em
Brian Nguyen: Sorry to hear the loss of Legendary Paul Bearer. He was always nice and a wonderful person to be around.
Todd Grisham: Just heard about the passing of Paul Bearer (William Moody) today. He was a very nice person and went out of his way to always chat w/me RIP Here is a link to the unfortunate news from @wwe on the passing of Paul Bearer (William Moody), who passed away. http://wwe.me/iq5Ea
Beth Hardy & Bob Ryder: Oh no!!! RIP RT “@brydertna: Devastated to hear of the passing of Paul Bearer. One of the nicest people you would ever meet. RIP Percy.”
Jonny Fairplay: RIP @wweURNiverse Percy, you were amazing and will be missed! Thank you for the conversations, you were a true inspiration!
Joey Ryan: RIP William “Paul Bearer” Moody. I feel blessed that I got to work with him at @CWFHollywood. A true gentleman in a business of scoundrels.
Jim Ross: Just informed via http://wwe.com Paul Bearer aka Percy Pringle passed away earlier today. I have no other details. RIP old friend.
Mike Mooneyham: Heartbroken over the loss of Bill Moody aka Paul Bearer. RIP my friend. Still shocked over the news of Paul Bearer’s passing. He was a couple months younger than myself.
Zack Ryder: RIP Paul Bearer
Tyson Kidd: Sad to hear about the passing of Paul Bearer. One of the best managers of all time. Pretty sure EVERYONE has tried imitating his voice
Michael Cole: So sad. We lost a great person and a wonderful man today. Rest in peace paul bearer. God bless his family and Godspeed.
Stacey Cornette: Words can not express how deeply saddened I am right now to lose such a good friend.We love you Percy, go be with your angel Diana.
Jerry Lawler: This picture was taken 10 days ago…we lost a dear friend today..you will be missed by many, Paul Bearer. pic.twitter.com/ceLtqapzB0
Gabe Sapolsky: Saddened to read that William Moody passed. He was a pleasure to do business with. Condolences to his friends & family. RIP.
Scorpio Sky: Percy passed away?? I can’t believe it. He’s been such a staple on our show and seemed in good health. I’m in complete shock… Saying we at CWFH will miss Percy is not a strong enough statement. There are just no words. RIP Paul Bearer, Percy Pringle, William Moody.
The Blue Meanie: I’m deeply saddened & very heartbroken to hear the William Moody(Paul Bearer) has passed. This one hurts folks. Thank you for being a friend This one hurts folks. @wweURNiverse I’ll miss ya Percy. Thanks for being real. Thanks for your kindness. You’re a class act my friend. Godspeed!
Zeb Colter/Dutch Mantell: RIP PAUL BEARER. KNEW HIM SINCE HE STARTED. BOOKED HIM IN HIS FIRST REAL WRESTLING JOB IN FLORIDA. THE BIZ LOST A GOOD ONE TODAY.
Howard Finkel: Saddened to learn of the passing of Paul Bearer (William Moody). He was a unique, one of a kind individual both in and out of the ring. RIP
Lou DAngeli: Thank you for the memories #PaulBearer the wrestling business needs more people like you…
Gregory Iron: Paul Bearer was one of the best. My condolences go out to his son Dan, and the rest of the Moody family. #RIPPaulBearer
Chris “Big Dick Johnson” DeJoseph: Just heard of the passing of William Moody. Percy was so kind to me. It was an honor getting to work with and learn from him. RIP my friend. I met Percy/Paul Bearer when I was 12 years old the day before WrestleMania IX. He signed my program. I got to work with him 15 years later.
MVP: The scary man with the strange voice. Rest In Power Paul Bearer…
DDP: Sad to hear of the passing of Bill Moody (Paul Bearer)… Not a nicer man in the biz. RIP bro
Adam Cole: #RIPPaulBearer
Shannon Moore: #PaulBearer RIP what a great man.He will be missed.
OVW Wrestling: Rest in Peace William Moody, better known to the wrestling world as Paul Bearer. Paul was a great friend to many… http://fb.me/1g9d8FH9N
Jillian Hall: #RIPPaulBearer sad!!
Kevin Matthews: R.I.P #Legend
DOC: RIP Paul Bearer…one of the good ones, you will be truly missed…
Gangrel: So sad to hear my good friend has passed RIP Percy Pringle, paul bearer, so sad
Ariel Hawani: Very sad to hear about the passing of William Moody, aka Paul Bearer. A true character. Rest in peace. http://www.wwe.com/inside/paul-bearer-passes-26096670 … When I had a combat sports radio show at SU, Moody stayed on for around 90 minutes, as did Heenan. I’ll never forget that. Thrilling for me.
William Regal: Very sorry to hear of the passing of Paul Bearer.My best wishes to his family.A lovely man and my friend.RIP.
Daffney: RIP Paul Bearer God rest your soul
Shane “Hurricane” Helms: Saddened to hear about the passing of Wrestling Legend@wweURNiverse Glad I got to see ya one last time just recently Paul. Bless your fam. I’ve never heard one bad thing said about Paul. In this biz, that’s extremely rare. It says a lot about the man.
Eddie Edwards: Saddened to hear about Paul Bearer passing away #RIP #ThankYou
Douglas Williams: RIP Paul Bearer….
JBL: RIP Paul Bearer – http://www.layfieldreport.com/RIP-Paul-Bearer.news …
Mickie James: Very sad to hear that Paul Bearer has passed away tonight… My thoughts, prayers, & heart go out to his family, friends & loved ones… RIP
Tara: I am deeply saddened to hear that Paul Bearer has passed away. He will be deeply missed. May he rest In peace
Derrrick Bateman: “@MrBrandonStroud:Rest in peace to Paul Bearer. Here are a bunch of pictures and videos of him because he was amazing
Ezekiel Jackson: #RIPPaulBearer didn’t get to spend much time with him but the one day at lunch in Calgary will go in my book if I ever wrote one.
Peter Rosenberg: Oh man… William Moody aka Paul Bearer passed away at 58 years old. Great character and really interesting guy..RIP..that sounds weird For those that didn’t know Paul Bearer was a legit funeral director in real life..
Stephanie McMahon: #RIPPaulBearer
Dixie Carter: Our condolences go out to the many family, friends and fans of William Moody. A great performer in our industry.
Cliff “Domino” Compton: Paul Bearer was great. A genuine nice person and a lengendary manager. #RIP
The Miz: Just found out Paul Bearer died tonight. He was always so nice when I talked to him. My thoughts n prayers are w/ his family #RIPPaulBearer
Ricardo Rodriquez: You always spoke very highly of me and for that I thank you so much!#RIPPaulBearer Paul Bearer/William Moody, you taught me so much. It truly saddens me to hear about this! I Love You, and I thank you eternally! RIP
Sean Waltman: I’m so at a loss right for words right now. I’ve known him since 1995 & I can’t get myself together enough to write anything at the moment.
Lance Hoyr/Aracher: Met Percy back in WWE. Great Guy. Very Sad 2 hear anyone’s passing. But closer 2 home when ya actually met n conversed w/the man! GodSpeed!
Shawn Spears: #PaulBearer
Justin Roberts: Very sad night. RIP Paul Bearer, a man I grew up watching on tv and was lucky enough to have later on, as a friend.pic.twitter.com/FKzUZImTxe
Orlando Jordan: @wweURNiverse @LukeHawx504 very sad new very sad to hear love ya Paul (moody)
Gabe Tuft: Aw man. Just read about Percy. Great guy. He will be missed.
Hulk Hogan: 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
Danny Damento: So sad to hear the passing of Percy pringel aka Paul bearer.. Always a great mind and always a great teacher.you will be missed #RIP
TJ Perkins: Tough loss. Reminds me of times @lakers used to drop games to the sonics. Westbrook is like a young kobe just without the clutch gene
Michelle McCool: #RIPPaulBearer ….you always made me smile. Great entertainer, even better man! We love you & will forever miss you! God bless…
Bret Hart: Goodbye to a good friend, Paul Bearer. Say hi to Owen for me.
Ted DiBiase Jr: Losing one of our own @WWE feels like losing a family member. Thank you for the memories Paul! God Bless #RIPPaulBearer
Jesse Neal: #PaulBearer
Tensai: RIP Paul. A good man and an asset to this business and locker room. Always brought a smile to people’s faces. You’ll be missed.
UPDATE x 3: According to WZROnline.com (WZR Radio) sources, William “Paul Bearer” Moody was openly telling people over the last few weeks that he hadn’t been feeling well. Moody recently pulled himself from several indy bookings and told promoters he hadn’t been feeling well.
As Matt Boone and I (Ryan Clark) noted on Tuesday night’s live edition of eWN’s WZR Radio, Bearer sent out his last tweets on Saturday, March 2nd. One of his family members contacted several close friends and told them he had passed away around 5PM on Tuesday after being hospitalized. Former WCCW star “The Flamboyant” Eric Embry, a man whom Moody managed during his days as “Percy Pringle,” contacted us on the air live to break the story, noting he had spoken to family of the late Moody to confirm the story prior to its’ release on the internet.
On behalf of all of us here on ProWrestlingSCOOPS.com, we send our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Moody. R.I.P.
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