WWE Hall of Famer George “The Animal” Steele passed away on Friday at the age of 79, as first reported by Comicbook.com.

Steele had been dealing with health problems over the last year and had been recently been in hospice care according to a Facebook post by Bob Backlund during a conversation he had earlier this week with Steele’s wife.

WWE has also confirmed the news of Steele’s passing with the following statement.

On behalf of the staff at Wrestleview.com, we send out our condolences to the family and friends of Steele during this tough time.

  • Colby

    Sad day!

  • Ralph Asbury


  • Brian Farmer

    Steele was one-of-a-kind.

  • U-Dog

    WOW, what a sad week in the wrestling world… RIP George The Animal Steele… you were a pioneer!


    truly am sad

  • Cameron Huff

    In less than a week after Chavo Guerrero Sr.’s death Nicole Bass and Geroge “The Animal” Steele dies. R.I.P George “The Animal” Steele.

  • TheCyberZon

    Oh no! George Steele too?! Damn that’s sad. 🙁 We raise a torn turnbuckle pad in your honor sir.
    Give our best to Capt. Lou & Freddie Blassie up there, Animal.

  • Showing my age, but I remember George wrestling locally as a masked heel, known as The Student back in the mid-60s. His battles with Lord Layton were legendary at the Cobo Arena.

    RIP George!

  • unknown

    And now it has been confirmed that Ivan Koloff has died after his battle with liver disease.