William “Jim” Myers, who wrested as George Steele, died on Thursday at age 79. He had been in hospice care prior to his deaths. His wife Patricia told TMZ.com that he died of kidney failure.
Powell’s POV: Steele originally worked a masked gimmick as The Student in the sixties. He adopted his longtime name after he dropped the mask. He had a successful run as the challenger to Bruno Sammartino, and later had a memorable run as a babyface in a feud with Randy Savage. Steele was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995. He also worked as a teacher outside the ring. My condolences to Steele’s family, friends, and many fans.