'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. steven


    May 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sockpuppet

    you are a j@ck@ss...maybe we can say good riddance when YOU die because you seem to think that a socially redeeming value is being crass and heartless about another person's accidental death.

    May 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brian

    Lighten up Francis...

    May 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RP

    your post is both constructive, and socially redeeming!

    May 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ralk

    RIP Randy...thanks for the ride you gave us all.

    May 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason



    May 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. john

    Boy this news really blows
    But stop and think about it to have all those blogs posted about you when you die and not anybody saying anything bad about you.
    58 Damn man im 53 this makes me think Well done Randy

    May 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    A true entertainment legend. This is a sad one for sure. On another note, a lot of you need to learn to act like educated adults when you post. Your lack of respect, spelling/grammar errors, and immaturity are a lot of the reasons why other nations look down on America. Learn some class.

    May 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. talandra crider

    R.i.p macho Man u will never be forgotten
    hopes ur wife get better

    May 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ajay

    So sorry to hear about Randy...Loved watching the "wrestling" shows with him and all the other characters in the eighties. He was definitely a memorable star from that wrestling era.

    May 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. topo

    R I P + LOVE YOU!!!!!

    May 22, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |


    May 22, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tman*

    When I play wwe allstars I will use macho man, as a way of showing respect.

    May 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sandra 123

    i hate wrestling but i am sorry for the family's loss

    May 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sandra 123

    if you read other sites they say he had a heart attack and lost control of the vehicle

    May 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
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