WWE has announced that Hall of Famer William James Myers, known to fans as George “The Animal” Steele, has passed away at the age of 79.
Steele was extremely hairy and used to eat the turnbuckle but was a very popular wrestler in the sport's heyday. At one time he was considered the most lovable guy in the sport.
Although he seemed like a wild animal, he was actually well educated. Steele received his Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University and became a popular high school teacher and wrestling coach in the Detroit area.
On Friday morning the wrestling world started to take to social media to offer condolences to the legend. Among them was Hulk Hogan.
George"the Animal"Steel,RIP my brother,only love,only grateful. HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) February 17, 2017
Read WWE's official announcement here.