as mentioned in 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.
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WWE stars pay tribute to George ‘The Animal’ Steele
Dozens of current and former WWE stars paid tribute to Steele on Twitter.
WWE announced Friday that Hall of Famer George “The Animal” Steele, whose real name was William James Myers, passed away at the age of 79.
Steele began his career as a professional wrestler in 1967 in his home state of Michigan, and after being spotted by Bruno Sammartino, began a long career in WWE.
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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.”