'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. almxx

    Buckle up on those seat belts.

    May 21, 2011 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. ibcenu

    Why is every other news agency reporting he died of a heart attack, but CNN reports "unknown causes."....I think CNN is looking for controversy where there isn't any.
    RIP Randy

    May 21, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • PrpleLghtnin

      Wouldn't an ataupsy be necessary to determine it was a heart attack... Are other news stations jumping the gun on the cause of death? Last I knew an ataupsy took more than a day.

      May 21, 2011 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Well, at least you're consistent. You really can't spell autopsy.

      RIP Macho Man

      May 21, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. AllanArlantico

    Where's Elizabeth? Is she Randy's wife?

    May 21, 2011 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
    • cb

      She died years ago fron a drug overdose.

      May 21, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rabbittroup

    I hope Bonesaw was ready.. RIP Randy

    May 21, 2011 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. penelope

    @ prplelgthnin....a simple tube of blood drawn will show cardiac enzymes that are elevated after a heart attack. And an autopsy takes minutes if you open a body and there is obvious heart damage (a vessel blown out, an anurism, etc). there will be other tests run that can take days or weeks, but preleminary findings are often very easily seen.

    May 21, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. charles

    this is absolutely sad and really unbelievable,randy is a great man and was really excellent as a wwf wrestler.its really aweful to find out about something like this,he was so great along with miss elizabeth and over on wccw

    May 21, 2011 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hulk Hogan

    If he was texting while driving, he deserved it.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • cpc65

      He "deserved" to die? You're full of heart, aren't you?

      May 21, 2011 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Hulk Hogan

      I have no heart for stupid people that text and drive.

      May 21, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • asche

      you invented a childish scenario to mock someones death, then you dared to use the word 'stupid' while using your own idiotic invention to defend yourself against someone calling you out for being a moron? um.. really?

      May 21, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Hulk Hogan

      You sound like quite the genius yourself, asche-hole!

      May 21, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. cpc65

    Off to that big ol' wrestling ring in the sky!

    May 21, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. nunster

    Wow all the posts in a short time. Goes to show how popular this guy really was. For a wrestler living past 50 is doing good now days. Either end up in so much pain in which I know all about with my back and neck, that they end up overdosing just to make the pain survivable for another day or something.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. douglas

    Rip macho man i grew up watchn you wrestle brother oooooh yeeeeea.

    May 21, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. douglas

    Rip

    May 21, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Wolfpack

    I miss WWF.

    May 21, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. josh eugin

    Randy was a great friend ans customer he came. Into. My I.h.o.p. in st.pete beach Florida. He will be missed my and my famillies prayers. Go out to you and yours godbless

    May 21, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. xxskullykingxx

    R.I.P macho man was one if not the best performer of all time and he will be missed

    May 21, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Scott Jacobs

    I think it is more sad that people read your comments.

    May 21, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
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