'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. Deborah Williams

    Worst drivers in the country (if not the world.....) here in Fla.
    I moved here from LA two year ago and am scared everyday.....

    May 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sam

    No matter how many times I hear that one I still laugh...thanks dude!

    May 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JARAD

    A Sad day for wrestling fans.. Macho man was always one of my favorites.. I can still hear him being interveiwed by mean gene.. oooooooh yeaaahhhh! can you dig it!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brandon

    I'm so saddened to hear that one of the greastest role models of my time, to pass... you have brought many smiles to my children... my respects to his wife and family... Rip Randy Poffo

    May 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe


    You changed my life!!!! R . I. P.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gorgeous George

    Couldn't this guy afford a REAL car? If he was driving a Cadillac or Mercedes, something with some amount of protection, the outcome might have been different.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • breeze6843

      Whats wrong with a Jeep? Should the rich just drive huge Hummers and Navigators everyday in your world?

      May 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gorgeous George

      A Jeep WRANGLER! Look at the picture, it's a little piece of tin. It's a vehicle for minimum wage teenagers.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve6167

    Looks like he lead a good and fun life. Well done. We all gotta go someday.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MrMailman


    May 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nacho

    is your life really that dull and boring that the only way you can entertain yourself is by disrespecting a man who just died? You know who will comment when you die? no one, because no one will care

    May 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Greg'Sr.

    To my son Greg

    Tell your mom to change your diapers and go back to sleep!

    May 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peep

      Lol....Funny Daddy..

      May 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shawn

    I had thought the death of an AMERICAN icon would have been featured on the front page of CNN, instead it was some woman that got killed in the middle east. Hey CNN – NO ONE GIVES A DAMN ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST!

    May 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Full story

    Other news reports are indicating a heart attack ... Why wasn't this mentioned?

    May 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. knitpickin

    I miss Elizabeth, his "manager" much more. She was a sweetheart.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kelly

    He died instantly after slamming into a Slim Jim.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. HeIsGod

    I hope at least he had the chance to give his life to Christ before this happened.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      I guess he missed the rapture by one day LOL

      May 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat carr

      Always the religious nuts!!!!

      May 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris R

      Okay. Why in the world do you nutcases need to bring "God" and "Jesus" in to every conversation or topic. It's just getting sad.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • JesusWasAChristOfAMyth

      Idiot – You live in ignorance. He was a great entertainer and has a reward better than a fairy tale story – he will be remembered fondly by many grateful fans he worked so hard to entertain.

      May 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      just worry about yourself
      you'll need it

      May 21, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
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