'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. RBK

    I don't watch wrestling anymore but I really hope there is a tribute to the Macho Man on Monday Night Raw. I'll be watching for sure. RIP Randy!

    May 21, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Sgt Mac USAF Ret

      RBK, I'm with you on that tribute. Macho Man was my son and I favorite Wrestler and Entertainer! We really enjoyed his Interviews with the commentators! His low tone conversations and he would bust out with his favorite words, OOOH Yeaaaaa! We Enjoyed your company with us Randy, GOD Keep YOU and Bless Your Family! I would really like for them show a few of his wrestling and interview clippings! That would be Awsome!

      May 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gene

    Another one of my childhood icons dies. This one hurts me a little more than the usual wrestler death. It's such a terrible business. Wreaks hell on their lives, bodies, and families. He was a hero to me when I was a kid. I'll never forget his match against Warrior at Mania when I was a kid. Liz was in the crowd, one of the most emotional matches ever. Man.... this sucks. RIP Macho Man. I'll have a whole truckload of slim jims for you. Good night, sweet prince.

    May 21, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    CNN is lagging behind ESPN. He had a heart attack while driving, went through the median, through oncoming traffic and hit the tree. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, and Lynn (Barbara L.) was treated for minor injuries.

    May 21, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. really?

    all the people w/ the disrespectful slim jim comments need lives. regardless if he's a wrestler or homeless he should be shown respect. i'm sure you wouldn't be cracking jokes if that were your family member would you? now... DIG IT?!

    May 21, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. ted

    You are a looser.

    May 21, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. Daniel Boland

    was his girlfriend 'Miss Elizabeth?'

    May 21, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • C. Bedford Crenshaw

      Randy and Elizabeth have been divorced since the mid to late 90s, and Elizabeth died around 2003 while living with her then-boyfriend Lex Luger.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Abrah Kadabrah

    RIT, Randy.

    That's Rest In Turmoil.

    May 21, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. JEN


    May 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sam


    the world lives on thanks to the bravery of one man. thank you, macho man.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ruby estrada

    I'm saddenned to hear of the Macho Man untimely demise. My only hope is that he did not suffer. May his wife have a speedy recovery, n be able to deal w the loss of her soulmate. Spiritual blessings to the Poffo family.

    May 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Trolleyfish

    Ambassador for Slim Jims? Give me a break.

    May 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ed rustad

    Macho man has rejoined elizabeth up in heaven oh how nice oh yea

    May 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BajaJohn

    I dunno. He was popular with peeple wit 8 grade edukation and dose what live in trailers.

    May 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Capitan Justicia

      The kind of people that write sentences such as 'I dunno'?

      May 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BajaJohn

    He beat the coming of The Rapture.

    May 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dr. Anthony Hayward


    May 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • sandra 123

      hey it is spelled wrestling and it depends on what devision

      May 22, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
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