'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. Shumba Kwayo

    I loved the Macho Man. My all time favorite! Rest in peace champ! I believe you are now in the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • je$u$$ave$

      That's silly. Of course he's with the Flying Spaghetti Monster... you're story would require two impossible things: For christianity to have a shred of truth, and for the FSM to not hold pro wrestling in the HIGHEST regard. Both utterly impossible.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tony

    One of my faves from my childhood. I'll have a Slim Jim in your honor. RIP.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jason

    An Ode to Macho

    Macho you amaze us
    When you fly off the rope
    And unlike Miss Elizabeth
    You stayed off the dope

    You fought all the greats
    And whipped all their asses
    We will never forget
    Your crazy sunglasses

    So, sleep well Macho
    You are one of the greats
    And tell St. Peter Oh Yeah!!
    When you reach the pearly gates.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben Smythe

      Well put JB....

      May 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • CC

      Perfect!

      May 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pragmaclast

      Thy might as well close the comments because no more needs to be said.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      That was pretty awesome Jason – RIP Macho Man!

      May 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raidaz2010

      Oooooh Yeahhhhh, I can dig it, JB! Good one, dude.

      May 22, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Manbearpig

    OHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

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

    Randy Macho Man "Rest in Peace" u be mist

    May 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. steve s

    They say it was heart failure, not unknown issue, get it right CNN. Who wants to bet the heart failure was related to steroid use? RIP MACHO!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Domo Arigato

    I really want a Slim Jim now

    May 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ron31

    WOW! I am saddened by this news also, being a wrestling fan I always had fun watching him perform. From the Allied Powers with Hulk Hogan to the Macho King he was one of the greatest. My deepest sympathy goes out to his wife and family. Randy you will be missed.To his brother The Genius Lonnie Poffo my heart goes out to you. R.I.P. Randy. OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH Yeaaahhhh!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rich

    Best "heel" in wrestling history! RIP Macho Man! Ooooh yeahhh!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JB

    An Ode to Macho

    Macho you amaze us
    When you fly off the rope
    And unlike Miss Elizabeth
    You stayed off the dope

    You fought all the greats
    And whipped all their asses
    We will never forget
    Your crazy sunglasses

    So, sleep well Macho
    You are one of the greats
    And tell St. Peter Oh Yeah!!
    When you reach the pearly gates.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KDG

    Sign of the rapture? For sure!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cheefsfury

    HE HAD A LITTLE TO MUCH EXCITEMENT

    May 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Benny

    Isn't it reasonable to believe that God was such a great fan and since the Macho Man was such a great fan of God that he didn't in fact die of a heart attack but was just the first of a few to get sucked up the Godstraw for Rapture tomorrow?

    May 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. FatherofLies

    Never did get swept into the wrestling thing but he must have been pretty significant for me to remember his name and voice. May he rest in peace.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Natalie

    Growing up being a Wrestling Fan I LOVED Randy ...

    on Wikipedia says Randy had a heartattack & then lost control of the car.

    either way its sad news he will be missed by all his fans!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
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