George 'The Animal' Steele, a WWE legend and Hall of Famer, dies at 79 according to : CBS Sports

In the kid-friendly WWE of the 1980s, the less threatening, more humorous George "The Animal" Steele was better suited for younger fans. Got the privilege of traveling the world with George 'The Animal' Steele and enjoyed every minute of it. WWEHall of Fame wrestler George "The Animal" Steele has died, according WWE. He had given intelligible TV interviews for years before he dumbed down his "Animal" character at McMahon's suggestion in the 1980s. George "The Animal" Steele was popular the world over.



George 'The Animal' Steele, a WWE legend and Hall of Famer, dies at 79
William James Myers, better known by his name in the WWE ring, George "The Animal" Steele, has died, WWE announced Friday morning. BREAKING: WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer George "The Animal" Steele has passed away at age of 79. https://t.co/TTCUVMDtTU pic.twitter.com/AeEcohPCRe — WWE (@WWE) February 17, 2017A Detroit native, Steele attended Michigan State and played for the university's football team. But when he was scouted and began appearing on television, he changed his name to George Steele. Legendary professional wrestler George "The Animal" Steele makes an appearance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park in 2012. Outside of wrestling, Steele made his film debut in 1994 with Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" in which he played Swedish wrestler-turned-actor Tor Johnson.

WWE Hall of Famer George 'The Animal' Steele Dead at 79

WWE Hall of Famer George 'The Animal' Steele Dead at 79Exclusive DetailsWWE Hall of Famer George "The Animal" Steele died Thursday night in Florida from kidney failure ... George's wife, Patricia, tells TMZ Sports. Patricia tells us George had been in and out of hospice care since April. George had some legendary bouts with Randy Savage back in the day -- and other wrestling greats are reacting to the sad news. George was 79. Hulk Hogan said, "My brother, only love, only grateful."


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