'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. RD

    He use to be my favorite wrestler, this is very sad.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. rip randy

    way better than hulk

    May 21, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. xvblueyesvx

    R.I.P. Randy you will be missed, Liz you are in our prayers.

    May 21, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. chibidw

    Count on CNN to keep this as a footnote headline while giving front-page poster board status to religious wackos going on about rapture prediction #3,521. RIP Randy.

    May 21, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. Matt

    RIP Macho Man... you're the greatest. When I was a kid I would sit there, eyes glued to the screen, waiting for you to run your mouth. Most entertaining wrestler of all time!

    May 21, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. MrId

    Vaya con Dios hombre.

    May 21, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. TheMissingSock

    A great personality... a great figure of my youth... RIP Macho Man.

    May 21, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. NoodleHat

    Bananas here. Bananas there. Bananas everywhere!

    May 21, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. QUEST

    FAVORITE LINE " SNAP INTO A SLIMJIM OOOOYEA " R.I.P. to one of the greatest

    May 21, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. OMG..

    Very sad news.. him and the Ultimate Warrior had the best promos, but Macho Man's were just classic! Helluva n entertainer! an icon! will be missed..

    May 21, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. adrian

    R.I.P Macho Man. You will be missed.

    May 21, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lord Kensington

    Looks like Macho Wacko missed the Rupture !

    May 21, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. hawaiiduude

    I'm glad he wasn't a zionist...

    May 21, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. guest

    R.I.P

    May 21, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sandy Duncan

    Wow. * shakes head, logging off.

    May 21, 2011 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
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