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WWE News: Paul Bearer Cause of Death Released Today

By now we have all heard of the passing of Bill Moody, better known as Paul Bearer to the wrestling world. Today we have learned that Moody’s cause of death is listed as a heart attack as a result of a condition known as SVT. I will go on to explain what that is and how it led to Moody’s heart stopping.

SVT is known as Supraventricular Tachycardia. This is a heart rate that can hit 300 beats per minute.


A normal heart rhythm looks like the picture below.

normal sinus

Allowing the heart to go on beating so fast and not getting treatment for it will lead to what is called cardiomyopathy.

Cardiomyopathy is change in the heart muscle brought on by the untreated rapid heart rate. After a while the heart cannot keep up anymore and begins to shut down leading to congestive heart failure.




All of this could have been avoided if Moody sought out treatment for the SVT.

Moody will go down in history as one of the greatest gimmick managers of all time and will no doubt be a future hall of famer. Personally, I think if he was never a manager in WWE the characters of Kane and Undertaker would not have been as interesting in the late 90’s. His presence helped guide both men’s stories and drew the fans in to become more invested in the characters. That’s what great managers do.

He will be missed.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below and I will answer them for you.

Louie has over seven years experience as a paramedic and is studying biology and health science at the University of Minnesota

About Louie Babcock

Owner of The Internet Wrestling Community's medical expert. Pre-Med at the University Of Minnesota. Most importantly, a proud father and leader of a great staff of writers.
  • Kevin Berge

    I had heard about his issues a while back with weight/health a while back, and this looks similar to what I expected. It’s too bad he didn’t seek the right medical help in this case. It’s a great loss to wrestling in a sense of lineage. He was one of the greatest managers of all time. Possibly the best manager that has yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

  • Jeff Awesome

    Wow. This is so sad. I was looking through one of my old articles and saw a suggestion for Paul Bearer to manage Taker one last time. That gave me a little sorrow. I just pray for Bearer and his family through this tough time. Dying from a curable condition makes this tragedy even more tragic. RIP Paul Bearer.

  • Brett Chandler

    Informative article here, Louie. As Eric said, it was expected that his obesity played a role in his death which is a shamed. He’ll be forever remembered.

    • Louie Babcock

      Thanks for getting me the links to the story this morning too. I think I forgot to say thanks when you did it.

  • Louie Babcock

    I was not suprised either by this. Like you said being obese a cardiac issue was the most likely cause. Initial reports had said a bloodclot was the cause of death. Even though that is possible, I wasnt buying it.

  • Eric Martinez

    Ths was expected honesty. Bearer was a heavyset man and he’s suffered from heart problems/obesity before I believe.