(CelebrityAccess) — The WWE Hall of Famer known as George "The Animal" Steele has died. He was 79.
News of the former wrestler's death was announced by the World Wrestling Entertainment. The cause of Steele's death was not disclosed, but he revealed via Twitter last spring that he was dealing with “serious health issues.”
While Steele, whose real name was William James Myers, played a wrestling character best known for his animal-like behavior and monosyllabic vocabulary, in real life, he held a master's degree from Central Michigan. Prior to becoming a professional wrestler, he was a teacher and wrestling coach at in the Detroit area.
Steele’s first WWE appearances took place in 1967, and over a 20-year career, he collaborated with performers such as Freddie Blassie, Capt. Lou Albano and Mr. Fuji. In 1987, he managed to transition from a wrestling "heel" to a loveable character that resonated with fans.
He officially retired in 1988 after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. – Staff Writers