George ‘The Animal’ Steele — WWE Hall of Fame Wrestler Dies at 79

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WWE Hall of Famer GeorgeThe AnimalSteele has passed away … this according to his wife.

TMZ spoke with Steele’s wife Patricia who says he died on Thursday in Florida from kidney failure, after being in and out of hospice care since April.

The Animal’s green tongue, hairy chest and hunger for turnbuckles made him a WWE icon. George not only wrestled legends like Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage throughout his career … but he also came back during the Attitude Era to work with The Oddities.

The company said, “WWE extends its condolences to Steele’s family, friends and fans.”

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