WWE Hall of Famer George ‘The Animal’ Steele dies at 79

Friday February 17th, 2017

Pro wrestling legend George “The Animal” Steele has died at age 79, WWE announced Friday

Steele, born William James Myers, joined WWE (then known as WWF) in 1967 and initially worked as a heel, though he turned face in 1985. 

Steele was born in Detroit and played football briefly at Michigan State. After graduation, Steele pursued a master’s at Central Michigan University. He later became a teacher and wrestling coach at a Detroit-area high school. 

Many of Steele’s fellow wrestlers paid their respects on social media. 

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Steele’s wife told TMZ that her husband had kidney failure and had been in and out of hospice care since April.

Steele was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995.

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