Paul Bearer, whose real name was William Alvin Moody, was a renowned figure in the world of professional wrestling, particularly for his long association with WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment).
As the manager and valet of The Undertaker, one of the wrestling world's most iconic figures, Paul Bearer was a crucial part of the WWE's success during the '90s and early 2000s.
His unexpected passing left fans and the wrestling community mourning the loss of a beloved personality. In this article, we will explore the circumstances surrounding Paul Bearer's death.
Who Was Paul Bearer?
William Alvin Moody, better known by his ring name Paul Bearer, was born on April 10, 1954, in Mobile, Alabama.
He began his career in the wrestling industry, first working for WCCW (World Class Championship Wrestling) and then moving on to WCW (World Championship Wrestling) in various roles.
However, it was his association with WWE, then known as the WWF (World Wrestling Federation), that would propel him to fame.
Paul Bearer's most significant contributions came during his time with WWE, where he was introduced as the manager of The Undertaker, portrayed by Mark Calaway.
He became known for his distinctive appearance, carrying an urn and speaking in an eerie, high-pitched voice. His character added an element of the supernatural to The Undertaker's persona, which became a defining feature of their partnership.
Bearer's storytelling and mic skills, combined with The Undertaker's in-ring abilities, made them one of the most iconic and memorable duos in wrestling history. He was an integral part of many legendary storylines, including The Undertaker's feuds with Kane, Mankind, and others.
How Did Paul Bearer Die?
Moody rode in a wheelchair to the annual Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion in Mobile, Alabama, on March 2, 2013. Moody had respiratory problems at the event, according to club board member “Cowboy” Bob Kelly.
He was coughing and telling people that he was going to get treatment for respiratory difficulties because he was having difficulty standing at the time. After the reunion, Moody was hospitalized for a blood clot, according to Kelly.
Moody died of a heart attack on March 5, 2013, in Mobile, Alabama, at the age of 58. Supraventricular tachycardia, a dangerously high heart rate, was what caused the heart attack. He is buried alongside his wife in Theodore, Alabama's Serenity Memorial Gardens Cemetery.