Pro wrestling's George "The Animal" Steele dies

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STAMFORD, Conn. (WEAU) -- A professional wrestler known for his green tongue and turnbuckle-pad-biting has died.

WWE announced on its website and Twitter account Friday that George "The Animal" Steele, whose real name was William James Myers, recently died at age 79. He started wrestling in the organization in 1967. For most of his career, he played a villain who came close to winning the WWE Championship several times. In the mid-1980s, Capt. Lou Albano, who had managed Steele in the past, became his manager again and Steele became a fan favorite.

The website said that he also received a Master's Degree from Central Michigan University, and was a high school teacher and wrestling coach near Detroit. It did not mention how Myers died.