Wrestling legend George “The Animal” Steele died Friday at the age of 79, WWE announced.
He was in hospice care due to kidney failure, per Wrestling Observer.
Steele was known out of the wring as William James Myers. He entered wrestling under the moniker “The Student,” but made himself known through wrestling as “The Animal.” He would chomp on the turnbuckles in an attempt to insert fear into the opponent. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
The Detroit native also spent time on the Michigan State football team and coached wrestling and football in the state. He earned a bachelor’s in science and master’s degree.