'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. Kristal

    he was a great actor and an excellent athlete rest in peace Macho Man

    May 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hulk Hogan

      He wasn't much of an actor and professional wrestling isn't a sport. He was an entertainer of sorts. But not in the way you suggest.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      He was a terrific athlete and entertainer. I don't know that I'd call him a terrific actor.

      May 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pedro

    I'll give 2 to 1 odds he had a heart attack related to steroid abuse.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sheeton Maface

    Randy was one of the greatest wrestlers. He was a great talker and a helluva worker. Sad the WWE didn't induct him in the Hall of Fame while he was living. Oooooh yeah!!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frankly Speakin..

    Guess he really thought he was macho man hehe..dont mess with the nature foo

    May 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andre the Giant

    I'm slamming his face into a turnbuckle as we speak. Welcome to hell, Macho Man.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Junk Yard Dog

      Tag me in Andre... it's time for me to 'Thump' this fool.

      May 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Massive Marbles

    "Macho Man", you and "Ms. Elizabeth" will always be live within my fond wrestling memories, may you both "Rest In Peace"!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sheeton Maface

    Randy was one of the best. He was a great talker and a helluva worker. Too bad the WWE didn't induct him in the Hall of Fame so he could enjoy the spotlight once more. Oooooooh yeah!!!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BH

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

    RIP Macho Man

    May 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. VeeZee

    I thought Jeeps were supposed to be tough and durable...

    May 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      They are. Just not safe for the humans inside them.

      May 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    Why wasn't he driving a safer / classier car?

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

      Jeep are classy you idiot–have you drived a new one?

      May 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Billy

    I wanna be a MACHO MAN... MACHO MAN... MACHO MAN... Oh Yeah !!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michelle

    I remember Randy well when it was the WWF

    RIP Randy

    May 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Baranga the Great

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. brian

    Rip Macho man u r a great man

    May 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Iceman

    Bonesaw!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
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