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

Born William James Myers in Detroit, USA, he spent his final years in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Best remembered for his work as the green tongued, tunbuckle-tearing and turnbuckle foam-eating madman in the 1980s, Steele was a beloved character in the WWF.

Fellow wrestler Hulk Hogan wrote, “RIP my brother, only love, only grateful.”.

The statement added: "In 1985 Steele was embraced by the WWE Universe and changed the course of his career".

Last May he tweeted about suffering "serious health challenges".

But Steele was also highly educated - he played football for Michigan State and went on to get his master's degree at Central Michigan University.

A villain for almost two decades, Steele was embraced by fans in 1985 after The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff abandoned him during a match. He was inducted in 2006 into the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.




Steele, whose real name was Jim Myers, came close, but never won, the WWE title during his incredible career.

Wrestling agent Eric Simms announced on Facebook yesterday that Steele had entered hospice care, and the outlook was bleak.

WWE has been home to some of the wildest and most unpredictable Superstars in sports-entertainment history.

Steele made his in-ring debut in 1967 and quickly established himself as a charismatic, if slightly unhinged, villain, or heel.

One of George Steele's first rivals in the wrestling ring was the champion Bruno Sammartino. Rolling Stone reported that in 2002, he had to have his colon surgically removed.

Steele would retire from wrestling full-time in 1988 due to Crohn's Disease.

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