Paul Bearer Reportedly Treated for Blood Clot, Breathing Problems Before Death

Travis TaylorFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2013

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The day after legendary WWE manager William Moody, better known as Paul Bearer, passed away, new details about his cause of death are coming to light. has reported that Moody had been hospitalized for a blot clot and was having trouble breathing. The report says: 

"Cowboy" Bob Kelly -- the prez of a prominent wrestling society called the Cauliflower Alley Club -- tells TMZ he last saw Paul on March 2nd at a Club reunion.

Bob says Paul was in bad health, with a severe breathing problem.  According to people at the event, Bearer was coughing and had trouble standing for long periods of time.  He told people he was going to seek treatment for what he called "respiratory issues."

Bob says Paul went to the hospital immediately following the reunion.

Bob says he was later informed the famed wrestling manager was being treated for a blood clot.

Video has also surfaced from Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion show. The video, posted on, shows Moody in a wheelchair. He is obviously suffering but is still in good spirits.

Here is the video:

According to, blood clots below the knee are not life threatening. But if the clot is above the knee, then it can break off and travel up the body to the heart, lungs or brain. 

If a blood clot travels to the lungs, then it can cause a pulmonary embolism. This is the blockage of the major artery in the lung, usually caused by a blood clot. Symptoms include shortness of breath and pain when coughing. 

Interestingly, WebMD states one of the major causes of blot clots is extreme obesity. On, the personal website for Moody, he chronicled his struggles with his weight, which resulted in gastric bypass surgery.

He wrote: 

Last year I felt like I was trying to swim against a current that was too strong. There was a waterfall not too far down stream, that would no doubt end my life. My Gastric Bypass Surgery gave me a row boat to paddle my way up the river, away from the danger. You must understand that the operation wasn't a cure, but it made the impossible possible. It was far from taking the easy way out, as the past 365 days have contained the biggest challenges I have ever experienced. I will have to fight the battle against obesity for the rest of my life.

While nothing is official, Moody's weight problems and his symptoms seen over the weekend before his death seem to point to complications from a blood clot.

As the days pass, more information on Moody’s final days will surface. But no matter what is learned, nothing changes that fact that Moody, one of the last great managers in the history of the WWE, is gone.