George “The Animal” Steele has passed away this morning at the age of 79.
According to Wrestling agent Eric Simms, Steele entered hospice care on Thursday and things weren’t looking good for the WWE Hall of Famer.
I just spoke to george steele's wife to get an acurate update on him. He is currently in hospice. Please say a prayer for his family
— eric simms (@ess316) February 16, 2017
Rip. George steele
— eric simms (@ess316) February 17, 2017
Bob Backlund also noted on Facebook earlier this week that Steele was not at home when he called, and that Steele’s wife informed Backlund that he may not be coming back home this time.
Hulk Hogan sent out the following tweet regarding his passing:
George"the Animal"Steel,RIP my brother,only love,only grateful. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) February 17, 2017
Update: WWE has officially confirmed reports that Hall of Famer George “The Animal” Steele has died at the age of 79:
— WWE (@WWE) February 17, 2017
Jim Ross sent out the following condolences:
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) February 17, 2017