'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. Paris

    loved him!

    May 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. frozen robot

    Snap into a tree.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mejazzbo

    A great entertainer. He will be missed. RIP Macho Man...

    May 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jb1960

    I like his line OOOOHHHH NOOOO I changed my mind

    May 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yrch

    What!?!?!? Whos going to help me snap into a slim jim now? Ohhhhhhh yeahhhhhhh!

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

    Whoa...RIP Bonesaw...

    May 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jo

    Heart attack moron.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. a guy

    man now i need to snap into a slim jim

    May 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SEAL Team Styx

    SNAP INTO A TREE

    May 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • jg

      Macho Man was one of my favorites but I admit that comment made me laugh. Funny.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      You are awful!! And yes, I laughed.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • SosYourMom

      Okay yeah, that comment was pretty darn funny.

      RIP Macho Man!

      May 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. clint

    oooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh nnnnnnnnnnnnoooooooo!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gung ho

    Even though you only made it to the minors in baseball you made it to the top in the wrestling ranks my friend it was grrrreat working with you my friend may you rest with the father forever

    May 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • jtr

      may you learn the value of punctuation before you leave this mortal coil

      May 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steve

    RIP Macho, I'm sure Elizabeth was holding open those ropes into heaven for you!

    May 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • che-3

      Is Elizabeth dead too?
      When did she die and from what? Hit us.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      che-3: Several years ago from a drug overdose. She died, of all places, in the home of Lex Lugar.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jg

      I doubt it. Elizabeth and Randy divorced in 1992. She was dating Luger till her death.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. joel

    In the year 2000 I was in an airport in atlanta and I saw him waiting for a flight. R.I.P.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NYC REPUB

    RIP.....Macho Man!!! You will be missed.

    Thank you for the years of entertainment.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Macho Man's Ghost

      OH YEAH!!! I need a grave!!!! CAN YOU DIG IT?!?!:?

      May 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Valerie

    Not a wrestling fan by any stretch...............but still.......

    RIP Macho Man, you did bring joy to people, if only for awhile, and made them forget their cares and worries for a spell with your entertaining presence. You were loved here. And you mattered here. I do pray that our Lord has opened his gate to your soul, which has touched many. Amen.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
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