Wrestling Icon George 'The Animal' Steele Dead at 79#WWE 🙏 — Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) February 17, 2017Sad to hear the passing of old friend & fellow @WWE HOFER George "The Animal" Steele at age 79. George "The Animal" Steele was a fantastic guy and first class gentleman. Off the ring, Steele was a strong advocate against Chron's and all chronic disease — calling it his "mission in life" to help people fight. RIP — Honky Tonk Man® (@OfficialHTM) February 17, 2017RIP George "The Animal" Steele. HH — Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) February 17, 2017George "The Animal" Steele was one of a kind.
Former wrestler George "The Animal" Steele has died, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. confirmed via Twitter Friday morning. FILE - Former professional wrestler George "The Animal" Steele bites the baseball before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to start a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Sept. 21, 2012. Before becoming a professional wrestler, he taught at a high school in Madison Heights, Michigan. Steele, born William James Myers, wanted to protect his anonymity when he went into wrestling in the 1960s. Steele was famous for his buffoon-ish "Duh-da-dahh" gimmick on-air, though he also took pride in his ability to speak eloquently.