Paul Bearer, the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) manager, has died at the age of 58.
The cause of his death has not yet been confirmed, but he is understood to have been unwell for several years.
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Bearer, real name William Moody, was best known for his association with wrestler The Undertaker, who he first teamed up with in 1991, although he later went on to manage other stars in the WWE, including The Undertaker’s ‘younger brother’ Kane and masked wrestler Mankind.
The WWE have issued a statement on their website, saying:
"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."
Hulk Hogan tweeted: "Very sad about Paul Bearer, he was a great person and one of the original boys.
"He was what made wrestling great. Much love."
Former WWE heavyweight champion Triple H also took to twitter to say:
"Rest in peace, Paul Bearer. You will never be forgotten. There will never be another."