'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. Bunchey

    Another childhood hero gone. R.I.P Macho Man

    May 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Celestial1

    I remember when me and my dad used to watch WWF back in the 90s, Macho Man and Jake the Snake were my two faves. He was a great wrestler and gone much too soon. RIP Macho Man!

    May 20, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DixieNormous

    He died the way he lived..pinned under something heavy.. RIP

    May 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Name*BOYSIN 59

    Randy , Thank you for your contributions to this life....Thank you for the fond memories ...
    You were one of the rare breed of man that made a difference .... you will be sorely. Missed .... Much Love and Respect....and my sincere condolences to the beautiful family that remain to carry on your memory .............. Just One of your FANS who's life you enhanced .......R.I.P BROTHA. Yeeeeeeaaah.....
    ..PEACE ....
    AND
    RESPECT........FAN LOVE

    May 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nacho Man

    Snap into Heaven Randy....snap into heaven

    May 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. franck

    Thanks for the memories Macho Man. RIP

    May 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jimjim

    what a shame

    May 20, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Angel Catman

    R.I.P. Macho Man, a lot of people don't know the input you were to wrestling. " HUGE"

    May 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tony

    Hillbilly hit a tree. That about sums it up.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tony

    Hillbilly hits a tree.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jimjim

    i remember him back in the early 80's he was great.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Name*Robert Courtney

    I am one of his biggest fans I am crying my butt off right now I've bèen his fan for 30 year I cant believe he is gone

    May 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • midogs2

      Sorry for your loss, dude!

      May 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alfredo

    Sorry to hear this! Macho Man was a great entertainer. He was a true character and will be missed.....

    May 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • midogs2

      A convoluted entertainment venue, Alfredo. But, he was an entertainer none the less. Sorry for your loss.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dot Jemison

    Randy was good perosn to watch I loved him and my prayers go out to the family

    May 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • midogs2

      Obviously, from all your posts, he was well loved. He is sure to meet you all tomorrow @ 6:00 pm during the rapture shindig. If not, he'll meet you later.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rick

    A great wrestler and a great character, a sad day for wrestling fans.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
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