'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. editor

    So, is it Ralph...or Randy? Make up your mind guys! RIP Macho Man.

    May 21, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lord Kensington

    He could have come down with a severe case of Lewinskyitis !

    May 21, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. krozareq

    Bonesaw was readyyyy

    May 21, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    A part of my childhood just died. Goodbye Macho Man, you will be missed!

    May 21, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. mortimer

    Was it road rage or roid rage .RIP Macho Man.

    May 21, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. PHinMiami

    Car doesn't look that bad. . . seat belts ??

    May 21, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Raidaz2010

    RIP Randy. I am a wrestling fan from the 70s – Dusty Rhodes, Pak Sung, Cowboy Bill Watts, Jack Brisco, Eddy & Mike Graham, Rocky Johnson, The Great Malenka, etc....every Thursday night at the Jax, FL Coliseum (back then). Cow Palace in Cali, South SF.

    I loved the 80s & 90s wrestlers too. GREAT entertainment! Sadly, these entertainers die much too young.

    Randy, one last: "Ooooooh Yeaahhhhh," "Can you dig it?". Will miss that strainy-voice.

    May 21, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Real

    Wait, the rest of the media world knows that the guy had a heart attack while driving, which led to the loss of control, but CNN doesn't? Garbage.

    May 21, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. scabplumber

    he was one of the coolest when wrestling was at its coolest. rip.

    May 21, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. JB Diamond

    R.I.P. Randy... Thanks for providing years of entertainment!! There will never be another "Macho Man". I will be Snapping into some Slim Jim's and dedicate my gig tonight to your memory.

    May 21, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jo

    Heart attack from some drug overdose? Too much 'roids perhaps? Why these guys have no morals? What kind of role models to young people are these?

    May 21, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. midnitejax

    And so goes the woeful tale of yet another casulty of steroid abuse. They risk their lives for the sake of celebrity status., and money. There is a lesson in this death, if anyone really cared to heed the warnings.

    May 21, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Yabadabadoo

      One of the greats. They all die young from the massive steroid abuse. Sad. Watch the great movie "The Wrestler" with Mickey Rourke, for a very realistic view of what a past superstar does to himself to stay in the "show".

      May 21, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Anthony

    RIP, "Macho Man" you will be missed by us all. You were a great inspiration and wrestling icon for a very long time. "We love you buddy" = Your Fans Forever.

    May 21, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. mc

    Wow, I worked at a bar/restaurant in Westport, Ct. near the WWF headquarters that he would occasionally make appearances at... "Snap into a Slim Jim"!


    May 21, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. Shady Grady

    He was one of the best wrestlers ever rip Macho Man!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      fake wrestler

      May 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • lancesackless

      @dan – how about ENTERTAINER which is oddles better than just being a unknown cnn troll! 🙂

      May 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
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