'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. DizPAC

    "OOOOHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOO"
    This sucks. I liked him. I grew up with him on TV – he was my favorite wrestler. RIP, Randy... You were a bad dude.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mrbones

    could not determine the cause? Could it maybe have been the tree? Or something in his body didn't like the sudden impact? Please.............. Does anyone really need details of what damage was done to his body? Really ............

    May 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      They think he may have had a heart attack which may have caused the crash.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Military in San Antonio

      Heart Attack?

      Wouldn't doubt it.....

      May 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • RaceCityUSA

      They reported on HLN that he had a heart attack before he hit the tree. Who knows?

      May 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Military in San Antonio

      That would be my guess.

      Still.....it may have been the heart attack (if he had one) that killed him. Damage to his vehicle doesn't look bad enough that it would be fatal to someone his size.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fatal3WayMatch

    Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit vs. Macho Man

    AWE – Afterlife Wrestling Entertainment

    May 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      Don't forget Andre the Giant at the AWE!

      May 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ohhhhh Yeahhhhhhhh

      Or Owen Hart

      May 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dirtbucket

    He just wanted to beat the rest of us to the end before rapture starts tomorrow. Here's to you getting a head start macho man.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jimihendrix

    You're a tool

    May 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kristin

    The King is now with his Queen. May Randy and Elizabeth rest in peace together. An incredibly sad day for any wrestling fan– old or young. OOOOOOOOOOOH YEAH!! =(

    May 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    My condolences to his family and frends.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Duecetrips

    Was Ralph his wife???

    May 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Yazhol

    I guess you could say he snapped into a tree limb...

    All tasteless jokes aside RIP Randy.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      too soon!!! but, i am stealing it haha

      May 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • 123

      It's comments like yours that make me wish there was a "punch in the face" button

      May 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yazhol

      Do your best 123...

      May 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • gromonster

      "Snapped into a tree limb" – Tasteless, yes; Hilarious, absolutely!

      May 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. A True Fan

    Very sad and hurt of the passing of one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. I recall back in the late 70's watching live taping of Grand Prix Wrestling here in Halifax N,S at the CJCH studio . Macho Man was always larger than life. God be with you Randy and your family .

    May 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Beautiful Vixen

    That's sad. I used to watch the fights with my dad when I was a kid. R.I.P. Macho Man!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Curtis McIntyre

    We will miss you Randy!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pedro

    And so the rapture begins.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wkdklwn

    RIP Macho Man...Say hello to Elizabeth...

    May 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jason

    One of the greatest music videos of all time (produced by a young Simon Cowell), starring the Macho Man.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UoChk5pZIQ

    May 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • julian

      OHHHHhhhhwww YEAAAAAA!!!

      May 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blaqb0x

      Who composed this, Kook and the Gang?

      May 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blaqb0x

      * I meant Kool and the Gang *

      May 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
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