WWE Hall of Famer George "The Animal" Steele died Friday at the age of 79.
Steele's death was confirmed on WWE.com.
Steele made his professional wrestling debut in 1967. He set himself apart from the rest with his signature act of tearing open the turnbuckle covers and eating the stuffing inside. Although Steele was a villain for much of his career, he turned face in 1985 and went on to engage in a feud with Randy "Macho Man" Savage.
The Animal left a long-lasting impression on the wrestling business, which led to many of his peers offering their condolences and memories on Twitter.
WWE legend Hulk Hogan was among them:
George"the Animal"Steel,RIP my brother,only love,only grateful. HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) February 17, 2017
REST IN PEACE GEORGE THE ANIMAL STEELE. YOU WERE ALWAYS THE INTELLIGENT BROTHER I LOVE YOU pic.twitter.com/4yQ1YyzyJ2— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) February 17, 2017