'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. Raul

    Was't he in the Spiderman movie ?

    May 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deuce

      Yeah he played the wrestler "Bonesaw" that Peter Parker goes up against to earn that prize money to buy a car...

      May 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sal

    Well looking at it another way, isn't it better for it to be him rather than one of your loved ones, wives,mothers, fathers, and children? It can happen to anyone but we all hope that it isn't one of us! 

    May 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. twiddly

    wifey's head was in lap

    May 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anonymous

    Weak! Dude was one of my favorite wrestlers when I was a little kid.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jolene

    R I P Macho Man. U will be greatly missed. Condolences go out to ur wife and family. U still are the best wrestler.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • cdbeee

      @Bob – are you always an insensitive a$$? Jeesh, its a human life man.

      It is sad to lose any life, yes, Jolene. I hope his wife is okay and recovers quickly.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • cdbeee

      Looks like Bob's remark was deleted – glad enough people clicked it. Was just rude and uncalled for.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Military in San Antonio

      Wow Bob.

      Several nouns come to mind to expess what I think of you and your post.

      None of those nouns a fit for 'print', however......

      May 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dano

    RIP Big guy. Condolences to the family. You will be missed.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. clos

    Awesome guy...totally a reason many were glued to the sport.. RIP.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GE

    When he was in the business that's when "rasslin" was the best. This mess now I don't even watch it...R.I.P Macho Man!! I remember as a kid I had all them big rubber rasslin figures him, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Hacksaw ya'll know the real rasslers R.I.P Macho Man!!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kg

    I grew up watching him, he will always be an icon to wrestling and he was a great human being! My prayers go out to all that cared for him

    May 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. *jewlz*

    i grew up watchin wrestling and randy was one of my favorites. my heart goes out to his family and friends during this difficult time. rest in peace randy...you will be greatly missed.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jimbojones

    Good, that means you won't be able to post anymore either. Troll.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Renee

      I know that's right. LOL. RIP

      May 21, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Osama bin Laden

    Hey @jimblowjones ..... it is a free country .... durka durka

    May 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David

    He was a great man. I was a big fan of him he will be missed alot.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Osama bin Laden

    Hey .. we will see the big guy in heaven on Sat. 5/21 when the world ends .... hope he holds me a seat next to JFK and Ron Regan.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. G

    I had the pleasure of meeting him long before his stint in WWF and or WWE. He was wrestling for some regional organization and I saw him several times in KY and Tenn. I was maybe 5 or 6 when I met him and his brother after one of the shows. Both and he and his brother Leaping Lanny Poffo were really kind and gracious to me.

    R.I.P Macho Man.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
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