'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."

Bay News 9: 'Macho Man' dies in car crash

soundoff (532 Responses)
  1. Be`an Honest

    Randy took on all challenges. weather acting or wrestling. Thank you for being such a great person...Rest in peace.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hooligan999

      Wow, I had no idea he did weather, too! RIP macho man

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

    Goodnight sweet prince...

    May 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • david davidson

      that's right. disagree with me and i'll report your posts and get them censored.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ace0vspades


      May 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dean

    What a terribly written article. He did slim jims commercials while he was at his peak in the early 1990's and so on....well before he retired.and the wwe is not a federation. they became world wrestling entertainment in 2002. RIP MACHO MAN

    May 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Matt

    For some reason i thought the Kool-Aid Man already had, "oooooohhhhhh yeeaaahhhh!!!" but i could be wrong...

    May 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. GCNYC

    Break me off a piece of that pine tree.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • rossman

      Do you think your funny?? Well, you're not. You're a pathetic creep.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KDM

    Sad. He was a great performer!!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wisdom4u2

    That's what I was talking about!! Now this is news!! CNN is always a day late and a dollar short!!!!
    R.I.P. Macho Man!!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chuck

    Guess the Reaper has the belt... rip brother

    May 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dirtyharry1971

    if only they had good wrestlers like this guy today

    May 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mo

    Nooooooooooooooooo!!! That was my favorite wrestler... R.I.P Macho Man ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ed

    Why the hell is so many wrestlers dying? What the hell have the McMahons done to these people? How many companies do you know have so many prominent and former employees die young?

    May 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Uh, Ed, calm down dude. He died in a CAR ACCIDENT. Jeez, get a grip.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • PaulMofATL


      May 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retard Police

      The dude had a heart attack. How can you blame Vince for this?

      Now take off your aluminum foil hat and walk away from the power lines.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pipan

    The WWE statement said that Macho Man was one of the greatest superstars "of his time." I think he was one of the best "ever!" I loved watching him peform! You'll be missed, Randy.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. American X

    Did he die at the wheel before he hit the tree?
    Because the Jeep is damaged – but it does not look like a fatal accident scene.
    Did he have a heart attack from Steroid abuse before he crashed?
    Sad either way – just wondering.
    Best wishes Macho Man. RIP

    May 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retard Police

      Other newsworthy sources are saying he had a heart attack that caused him to lose control of the car. I would think the heart attack most likely killed him.

      Or the cocaine....

      May 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • suechip

      Amazing how a guy named Retard Police is a retard.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tina coffman


    May 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kathleen

    Wranglers are kiddie vehicles for those that want to be cool in college .
    They have a high number of roll overs too as this vehicle's claim to fame is as roll champ .
    Most die or are maimed .

    Kids , just cruise main street in these , do Not take on the open highway .

    May 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27