'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. steve

    RIP bro there will be plenty of slim jims for you in heaven

    May 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. A Very Prplgrl

    R.I.P. Macho Man! Many good memories of the old days!!

    A Very Prplgrl <3

    May 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Thundercrunk

    was 1 of the best villians in pro wrestling and had the hottest manager, elizabeth. if i remember correctly, his signature move was elbow drop from the top rope. the sunglasses, the bandanas, the strings tide to his biceps, the flashy colors, and the wild ring robes all will be missed. RIP Macho Man, u were 1 of the best.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ozdorothy46

      Don't forget Miss Elizabeth!

      May 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cyg

    Another ERA Icon goes – sorry Randy, you were fun to watch. Peace brother...

    May 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cman

    Reports are that his car snapped into a slim jim.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • teacherman1979


      May 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nichole

      wahwah waaaaa

      May 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • mccadoo

      I heard it took the ambulance awhile to get into the hospital. they called ahead with a report of randy's headwounds. once they arrived it was smooth sailing. the er team had everything prepped, heck even the BONESAW WAS READY!!!!!!!

      May 21, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rick

    R.I.P. my friend. Thanks for the memories!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. david

    thanks for all the great memories brother. RIP.

    Jesus isn't going to know whats about to hit him. OOOOOHHH YEEAHHHHHH.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeremy

    Very sad news. He was one my heroes growing up. Macho Man, you will be missed 🙁

    May 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Reese

    this sucks....Macho Man was my fav wrestler. RIP Macho, you will be missed. Oh yeeeeeaaahh

    May 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ooof yeah

    Say Hi to Elizabeth.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • NAM

      She died in 2003.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pleasedotell

    RIP, thanks for the great wrestling memories.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lord2FLI

    An icon to many who grew up in the 80s and 90s, I feel like I've been punched in the face by this news and the kid in me is heartbroken. Rest in Peace Macho!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Groff

    The only one satisfied with this?...... the Kool-Aid man... "OOOH YEAH, OOOH YEAH!"

    May 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jam

    Very sad news. The wrestler who imitated macho man was from TNA and his name is Black Machismo

    May 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Oooh yeah

    He was testing Coco Bware

    May 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
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