'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. philip lombardo

    now you can reunite with ms elizabeth oooh yea!

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

    "The tower of power, to sweet to be sour, sky's the limit & space is the place" !! Man I miss him already 🙁

    May 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Richard Allen

    One of the greatest entertainers ever. There is no mistaking his ability to move a crowd. He was a wonderful personality and a terrific man. He will be missed.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. grady

    oh yeeeeah ...hulk hogan

    May 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eric

    Confused! The article says his real name is Randy Poffo and then a sentence later it says, "Ralph Poffo," lost control.... Randy or Ralph?

    May 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rodeoguy

    An investigation is under way, but a Highway Patrol report said that Ralph Poffo "lost control" of his 2009 Jeep Wrangler for "unknown reasons"

    Who the heck is Ralph?

    May 20, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MotoJB

    That sucks...

    May 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. yeah


    May 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Name*Brandon Allen

    He will be missed.oooooooh yea.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. james

    Did they find any partially opened slim jims that may have caused said tragic accident?

    Truly a sad day.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deverica Wolf

      Haha. 😀

      RIP, Macho King. ^_^

      May 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. edvhou812

    Macho man was fun to watch as a kid. Got lots of laughs and fun childhood memories because of this guy. Too many of these wrestlers are dying young.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. philip lombardo


    now is your chance to reunite with ms Elizabeth. can you dig it oooh yea!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uh...

      Uh, Miss Elizabeth died in 2003. Brotha.

      May 20, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stricktmachine

      Uh, yea, we know ms elizabeth died they are now both dead, so yes, it's time they reunite.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Marco

    Ohhh Nooooooo, Not Randy! couldn't it have been the Ultimate Warrior instead. That guy was a clown....although a very big clown.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brian

    This sucks!!!! Macho Man was always one of my favorite wrestlers. Gonna have to snap into a Slim Jim tonight...

    May 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MachoManFan

    Rest in peace, Macho Man. You were one of the greatest of all time from wrestling's golden era of the 80s and 90s. My favorite match ever was the grueling tournament at Wrestlemania IV, when you beat DiBiase for the WWF Championship. What a great story line! Sports entertainment at its best. OOOOOOOOOHHHHHH YEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!! DIG IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
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