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

George "The Animal" Steele

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

The wrestling legend was infamous for shredding the ring's turnbuckles with his teeth.

Published February 17, 2017

It has been a rough several hours for the WWE family.

A day after former bodybuilder/WWE superstar Nicole Bass died due to a reported heart attack at 52, WWE Hall of Famer George "The Animal" Steele died Friday, the company confirmed on its website. Steele, real name Jim Myers, was 79.

According to a CBS Sports's report, Myers had been battling a bout of kidney failure and was moved into hospice care before his death.

George "The Animal" Steele helped popularize the company's boom during the 1980s alongside the colorful likes of Hulk Hogan"Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Andre "The Giant."

With his hairy look and green-dyed tongue, Steele had a penchant for ripping the ring's turnbuckle pads to shreds with his teeth, thus the wrestling moniker "The Animal." 

In 1987's Saturday Night's Main Event, he infamously fought "Macho Man" Randy Savage in a "Winner Gets Elizabeth Match."

Upon learning of his passing, former WWE Superstars, including Hogan, tweeted out their condolences.

Rest in peace.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photo: WWE)

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