'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. Goat of Evil

    Snap into it!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slim Slim Jimmy Jim

      OOOHHH Yeaaaahh Brother R.I.P. Macho Man very sad...

      May 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BRYIN PORTER

    R.I.P bro ur one of the best hope your in a better place... my prayers go out to his fam and wife and friends we lost a good friend... in his own words oooo yeah u dig it

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

    This breaks my heart. His manager, Elizabeth, left us too early, too. Awesome memories. A physique for the ages. Terrific performer. You'll be missed, big guy.

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

    The rapture has officially begun!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • TW

      OK, that was pretty funny.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Moron!

      May 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bodlek

    R.I.P Macho Man God bless u soul

    May 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lycidas

    Dang...bye Macho Man. Not just for your wrestling career but also for all the little fun bit parts you have been doing like in the Spiderman movie and voice work for cartoons.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. McGraw

    And yet Jake the Snake Roberts lives on,

    May 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Al

      I shouldn't have laughed at this but I did.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      I was just thinking that.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ryan

    Rip...bro

    May 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. alanjay1

    Rest in peace, Macho Man. You brought a lot of joy to people and embodied the best parts of pro wrestling.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alan

    Your match with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat was one of the most emotional things I have ever seen. You were definately one of the best villains ever.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ladybug2000

    Thanks for the good memories Randy. May God bless your family and new wife Lynn.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Randall

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! Macho man was a wrestling icon! RIP.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Larry

    This just sucks! What a legend. Completely underrated. Put him in the hall. R.I.P. oooooooooooh Yeah!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Skolo

    This sucks.....one of my favorites in the WWF. End of an era....

    May 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mel_e_mel

    This just ruined my day...he was my all time favorite. R.I.P. Macho Man

    May 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
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