'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. Reggie

    One of the greatest wrestlers EVER!!!!!! R.I.P. Macho Man . . . .

    May 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. grandma carrie

    you will be greatly miss randy r.i.p.:(

    May 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. budly

    tu badz

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


    May 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cajr

    either it was on purpose or he had some medical event. maybe his wife will shed some light on it later.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeah

      or maybe a squirl ran in front of his jeep and he didnt wanna kill it

      May 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Noreaster

    Randy was great and one of my favorites! I was disappointed to see they did not mention his role in the first Spider Man movie as "Hacksaw", where Peter wrestles him for a cash prize to get his first car.
    Rest in Peace Macho Man! See you on the Top Rope!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lewis Gilbert

    Me and my boy was sitting around the other day and he ask me if there's anyone I could put in the WWE Hall Of Fame. I said The Macho Man not knowing that a few days later that he would be gone. You will be truly missed. You are one of the greatest in my book!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. brenda


    May 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sean

    Bone saw is no longer ready

    May 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. brooklyn4ever

    Guess he is with Miss Elizabeth once more. RIP.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Richard Wasserman

    A sad day for Downers Grove. Rest in peace.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Another fan

    He was perfect for "Dial M for Monkey" on "Dexter's Lab".
    Rasslor: Fight me or I destroy the earth! Now let the games begin!

    Rasslor: I do not like your kicks so high. I do not like them, Sam-U-rai.

    you will be missed.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lord Kensington

    Another fool meets his fate.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rachel

    RIP. This is not the time nor place to reflect on the negative. Life in itself should be a celebration. Any day above ground is something we all should appreciate. Whether you were a fan or not, the fact is he is no longer with us. Show some respect or gtfo.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lord Kensington

      He had the good sense to remove himself from the gene pool.

      May 21, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Blaqb0x

    I hope it does not turn out that Roids or Drugs that killed him (caused crash) unlike all the other former wrestlers out there.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
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