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Legendary Wrestling Manager William ‘Paul Bearer’ Moody Dies

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William Moody and Jon Palmer (credit: Jon Palmer)

William Moody and Jon Palmer (credit: Jon Palmer)

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By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As the Undertaker is making his annual return to the WWE just in time for Wrestlemania, the wrestling world mourns the loss of his long-time manager. William Moody, known to wrestling fans as Paul Bearer, passed away, the WWE announced. No cause of death was given.

Moody was also well known as “Percy Pringle,” was 59 years old.

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Moody was known for his ghostly white skin, and bringing an urn to the ring while managing The Undertaker and Kane.

William Moody, FMQB's Joey O., KYW's Andre Bennet, Jimmy Hart

William Moody, FMQB’s Joey O., KYW’s Andre Bennet, Jimmy Hart

Wrestling legends took to Twitter to remember Moody.

Ted DiBiase said, “The wrestling world lost a good man today and I lost a good friend. Paul Bearer, rest in peace my friend.

Brian “Road Dogg” James said, “Today I pray for strength for the family of Paul Bearer or Percy. I pray they have precious memories! #talkingandrelaxing God bless you!”

Kofi Kingston said, “Very saddened to hear about the passing of Paul Bearer. What a good dude. Condolences to his family.”

Wade Barrett said, “RIP Paul Bearer. A legendary performer and a very nice chap.”

AJ Lee said, “#RIPPaulBearer When I first met Paul Bearer I completely marked out & and he was kind enough to humor me. So sweet & humble. Such a legend.”

Triple H said, “Rest in peace, Paul Bearer. You will never be forgotten. There will never be another.”

John Cena said, “I think most everyone in WWE has a great story about Paul Bearer. I have many, and I will always cherish them. #RIPPaulBearer.”

The WWE will induct members into its Hall Of Fame in April, the night before Wrestlemania. Many are speculating that Moody could be a late addition to the inductions. Mick Foley, Bob Backlund, Trish Stratus, Bruno Sammartino and Donald Trump are all scheduled to be inducted.

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