'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. Babar

    So, who's this "Ralph" Poffo who was driving the Jeep? Oh, that's right – this is CNN. What's in a name after all.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mitchell

    Snap into a tree limb! OH YEAHHHH!

    May 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • LMNGUY

      u are a walking piece of chit. go to hell.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Shannon M.

    Every time an ex celeb dies people act like they loved him or her so well. No one ever mentioned Randy's name in over 10 years and now he's dead...People all act like they're his biggest fan. People are so in love with a persons death. losers. he's just another dead person.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJBondy

      Actually people talk about him all the time. He has thousands of fans on his website. I myself had had a discussion about him a couple of weeks ago. I'm afraid you just don't know what you're talking about and speak from ignorance and a complete lack of knowledge. And going around calling people "losers" for paying respect to a person who's career they enjoyed are the real losers, Shannon.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Hey moron. You know why? Because he hasnt wrestled in a long time. I was a big fan of his in his wrestling heyday with WWF, WCW and small time in TNA.

      Go jump off a cliff will ya u idiot?

      May 21, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. koga001

    Damn, that sucks. I was raised watching that man kick some ass.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rudedog

    He looked pretty tough for an older guy

    May 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bubba

    Dam I Thought They Would At Leas They Would Have Brought Him Back To The Ring One More Time But I Guess Not You The Man Macho See You In The Next Life

    May 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. B. A.

    RIP Randy, it was a pleasure knowing you. Every time you were around, it was magic – like being in the show with you.
    Phoo, Macho Man. The world in a little emptier without you. Can't say that about too many people, buddy. Chiao, baby.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Randomquips

    The Tower of Power has fallen. Sucks, he was young too.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    Him & Hulk Hogan were my favorite wrestlers back in tba day. I was raised in the 80's so I was there. He will be missed dearly. Now he is with GOD in a peaceful place. GOD gave him 58 strong solid years. One Macho Man.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. EnochStarks

    R.I.POWER RANDY! We Miss You

    May 21, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. chuck

    R I P Randy

    May 21, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. richard

    macho man ...thanks for the memories
    you were an american orginal
    thanks

    May 21, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. richard

    macho man ...thank for the memories...

    May 21, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Paul

    LOL, that is just so wrong....

    May 21, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Macho Man Fan

    Thanks Randy for all the entertainment you gave to us wrestling fans, you were an icon in pro wrestling and this fan will always remember you. Thanks for all the memories.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
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