'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. Dick Hertz

    A steroid dealer is crying tonight.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Go suck a fat one,

      May 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hogan

    Good bye old friend. RIP

    May 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. che-3

    Get a life. You can't be serious.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RIckRoll

    Really? So how is that bullet working out for you? Much head pain?

    May 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Name*workingwithzero


    May 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SteveKlown

    Without Hulkamania there would be No Wrestlemania! But without the Macho Man there was no Hulkamania!!!!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Macho Man's Ghost


    May 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dustin

    Jesus needed Macho Man to teach him the Flying Elbow Drop real quick before the Rapture. Satan, you better find yourself a solid tag-team partner. OOOHHHHHHHHH YEAH!!!!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MaryInPA

    I met him on a flight. He was totally cool and let everyone, including the pilots, get their picture taken with him!

    May 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      wow, nice!

      May 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      What horrible timing as they just closed the Slim Jim business operations in Garner, NC, putting several hundred people out of a job today.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Big_D

    Sorry WWE fans, you lost one of your all timers.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. spasm2380

    R.i.p. macho man. U were one of the all time greats. Words cant even express my sorrow. I remember dropping elbows on my brother from the couch arms. And to the people that have negative things to say, i hope ur family has the same fate as randy. Then u will see its no laughing matter. Oooooohhhhh Yeahhhhhh! Dig it!

    May 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dustin

    Slim Jim plant closes its doors in NC today and now Macho Man is dead? Coincidence?

    May 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fat jim

    One too many slim jims.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • TXJake

      Congratulations fat jim – you're the one ass that always leaves a stupid comment. Chocha!

      May 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    He was one of the greats from the Golden Age of wrestling, the late 80s and early 90s. I grew up watching him. Wrestling was way more entertaining then with great characters. RIP Macho Man.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Common Sense

    R.I.P. Macho Man. You were a great guy and a great entertainer.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
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