'Macho Man' Randy Savage dead after car crash
"Macho Man" Randy Savage at the 2003 movie awards.
May 20th, 2011
02:39 PM ET

'Macho Man' Randy Savage dead after car crash

[Updated at 2:39 p.m.] Pro wrestler Randy "Macho Man" Savage, 58, was killed Friday morning in Florida when the Jeep he was driving jumped a median and hit a tree, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Savage, whose real name is Randy Poffo, and his wife, 56, who lived in Seminole, Florida, were both in the car, officials said.

An investigation is under way, but a Highway Patrol report said that Ralph Poffo "lost control" of his 2009 Jeep Wrangler for "unknown reasons" as it was traveling westbound on Florida State Route 694 near 113th Street North in Pinellas County. His vehicle "traveled over the raised concrete median divider, crossed the eastbound lanes of SR-694, over the outside curb and collided head-on with a tree," the report said.

His wife was in the passenger seat and was injured, officials said. Officials could not confirm the cause of Poffo's death.

"WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of one of the greatest Superstars of his time, Randy Poffo, aka Randy “Macho Man” Savage," the wrestling federation said in a statement. "Poffo was under contract with WWE from 1985 to 1993 and held both the WWE and Intercontinental Championships. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends. We wish a speedy recovery to his wife Lynn. Poffo will be greatly missed by WWE and his fans."

Savage was known for his flashy entertainment in and out of the ring - including his catchphrases "Ooooooh Yeaahhhhh," "Can you dig it?" and his Slim Jim commercials.

"We’re saddened by the loss," ConAgra Foods, who oversees the Slim Jim brand said in a statement. "Randy was a beloved ambassador for the Slim Jim brand for many years and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time."

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  1. Jason

    🙁 RIP Macho Man

    May 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • joeschmo2000

      Wow. The world is a little less awesome now. You will be missed Macho Man!!!!!

      May 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      The world is much less awsome but isn't it reasonable to believe that God was such a great fan that Macho didn't in fact die of a heart attack but was just the first of a few to get sucked up the Godstraw for Rapture tomorrow?

      May 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      Benny – Jesus may just need some muscle to keep out the 'undesirables' over the next 24....
      And where is the Beautiful Miss Elizabeth?!

      RIP Randy, thanks for the smiles!!

      May 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hades

    Rest in peace Macho Man..
    I could always dig it.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AwesomeDude

    RIP Macho Man. A true 80s/90s icon. I will snap into a slim jim today in your honor.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    You were an icon; loved, hated, revered and slim jimming. Whatever the opinion, the star power is undeniable and he was – oddly enough – one of those guys you never heard too many bad things about. We'll miss you buddy.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Big Chief

    I think I'll snap into a slim-jim. Love ya Randy! Give Jesus a big ol' playful headlock when you get in the heavenly ring.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Aygiveuponya

    RIP 🙁

    May 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. FIRST

    this as awful sad..i really liked him

    May 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Zebulon Pi

    Oh no! I loved him... he was always so over the top. My prayers for a quick recovery go out to his wife.

    RIP Macho Man...

    May 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. eric

    macho man!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JWits

    RIP Macho. Now maybe Hogan can get some sleep.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JFP

    Rest in Peace Macho Man. I was a fan of your since 1987. I was fortunate to meet you in 2004 and got my picture with you. You were very entertaining in the ring, and it's heart breaking how you passed away. You will be missed.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Vic Perez

    RIP Macho Man!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Oooooohhhh No.

    RIP Brother. Elbow drops for the fallen.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Big Al

    You couldn't sing, you couldn't dance but you could romance ohhhh yeaah!

    RIP Macho Man.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Yelping Sheikh

    I thought he was already dead (?)

    May 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • JamieinMN

      Well obviously he wasn't ya idiot!

      May 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
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