'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. Chang

    Next to Hulk,...one of my Favs of all time. RIP, hope the wife pulls through....

    May 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Grand_Nagus

    RIP Macho Man, I hope Miss Elizabeth has greeted you with open arms.....OHHHH YEAAAAA!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ModernMan

    Rest in peace Macho Man. We all dig it. See you on the other side.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. asdf

    Ohhhh Noooooooooooooooo RIP 🙁

    May 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Wilson

    There was some wrestler...not sure what his name was..but he would come out imitating the Macho Man. I think that was his gimmick.

    I bet he is the saddest of everyone.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Machismo

      That was "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal in TNA

      May 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Todd

    Strangely a Slim Jim factory in Garner, NC is closing it's doors today and 200+ people are being laid off

    May 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Judge Dredd

    The law killed the Macho Man

    May 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. erich2112x

    Good night, Macho.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ogscorpion

    As a die hard wrestling fan, this news is devastating to me. I grew up watching him in the 80s and 90s and I consider him one of the best wrestlers ever. I hope that WWE will give him the honor to be part of their annual Hall of Fame next year. RIP Randall Poffo and thank you for all the memories. You will surely be missed.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh Noooooo

    May 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kenny

    I guess he finally went down for the count.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Loki

    see you in the next life brother

    May 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fred

    Rip Macho Man !! thanks for all the memories growning up watching you !! oooooooohhh yeahhhh!!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Raul

    RIP Macho Man... I will remember you always wrestling while I was growing up in the 80s and of course for the Slim Jim Commercials. This is a sad day 🙁

    May 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MattyManATL

    This is sad. I agree with the one statement above...........you didn't hear anything bad about this guy even with all his fame. Usually that means they were a decent person. Rest in peace Macho Man.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
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