'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. Selmers


    May 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. junbug

    good speed macho

    May 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. junbug

    good speed macho

    May 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hardrockmark

    Randy poffo may have died. But the macho man will live forever in the hearts of his fans. OOOOHHHH YYYEEEAAAHHH CAN YOU DIG IT???!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BlackDynamite

    Gonna miss The Madness!

    He, Ric Flair, Jake Roberts, Hogan, they really turned promos into art, and raised the business up to a new level

    Before Macho Man, nobody could sell a match, and wrestlers struggled to build a following. Either they liked your ring work, or they didn't. But wrestlers didn't sell themselves outside of the ring. Vince helped them market themselves, and encouraged that. It changed the business.

    People like Randy definitely change the game, and brought in a Golden Age, where life outside the ring was just as exciting as The Squared Circle.

    R.I.P. Randy. You are a legend.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HeIsGod

    I sure hope this man had time to turn his life around and returned to Christ before he died.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fan

    macho man

    May 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hi lo

    He was fun to watch, but seriously any story about earth changing news gets WAY fewer comments. Either way rip Ohhh Yeeaahhhh

    May 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kyle

    He was my favorite wrestler when I was a kid. *sigh*

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

    gotta agree with everyone who expressed sadness at the Macho man's passing, he definitely was one of the most entertaining superstars of the WWF back in its heyday. "i can't be number three, or number 2, i gotta be number 1" he once said to elizabeth. Number 1 in our hearts, always. Ohhhhhhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhhhhh!

    May 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. momomiester

    God Speed slim jim dude. I always liked this guy.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |

    He'll be missed remember him in his wrestling days and he day beau in Spinderman the Movie he surely be missed

    May 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ericathered


      May 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JJsMom

    RIP Randy, RIP....he was one heck of a wrestler/entertainer....

    May 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • olivia in ca.

      i am so sad!

      May 20, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MIKE


    May 20, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |


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