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... (Continues on next page)