'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. Craig

    "His wife was in the passenger seat and was injured, but expected to be released from the hospital soon, officials said. Officials could not confirm the cause of Poffo's death."

    I bet it was the car wreck that caused his death. I mean, MAYBE he had a heart attack the moment before. But, I'm gonna guess that when the steering column pierced his spinal chord after passing through his heart...that's probably roughly the same moment that his spirit passed into the great beyond. But, I'm a free thinker. Don't listen to me.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Osama bin Laden

      WHAT??????

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

      Only rarely do steering columns on modern cars spear the driver. They are made in pieces which crumple. Doubtful you have the cause of death.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JDsds

      'Doubtful you have the cause of death.'

      You think its doubtful that the child-like anonymous poster has the true cause of death? You must be a detective.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simon

      you sir are an idiot.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert of London

      @tifoso: you are correct about the steering wheels in _modern_ cars being very safe. The problem is that Jeep is a very old design, and lacks safety features that we now take for granted. It very possibly could have been the steering wheel...

      May 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ash

      I read elsewhere he had a heart attack while driving.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • BitterAlien

      oh dont listen to you? Yeah probably smart. Thanks

      @ BitterAlien

      May 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • sandra 123

      Craig read other sites he had a heart attack and lost control of the jeep.

      May 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tommy

    rip randy madness forever

    May 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Oh yeah? Oh no...

    Somewhere out there the Kool-Aid man is plowing through walls and screaming "OH YEAH".....

    May 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • MichaelD

      But he won't be able to do it with half as much class as the macho man. R.I.P. Randy, the sun shines a little less brightly today.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TJ

    RIP to one of the great wrestling entertainers.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RIGHT RIGHT

    Who the hell is Ralph Poffo? His name was Randy. Geez, take the time to edit much?

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

      Take the time to use ancient. hackneyed expressions much?

      May 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mkryan46

    He was what made the WWF and WCW the great wrestling programs they were and are. RIP Randy and i betcha when you hit the gates of heaven you went "OHHHH YEAHHHHH"!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Osama bin Laden

      That stuff is all fake .. u must be dumb butt

      May 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • tifoso

      @osama – All entertainment is fake. Hate to let you in on a secret, but the actors playing Romeo and Juliet do not actually die. (Wonderful scene in Never on Sunday about this and Medea. But that is probably way above your ken.)

      May 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rob Page

    I guess he couldn't snap into that seat belt as easy as he did a slim jim.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • WardHorkin

      He had his seatbelt on, learn the facts before you make not funny comments on CNN's undetailed stories. I bet you worked hard on that one too.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mystic7

    Of course it's fake. So is 2 1/2 Men. That doesn't make the character he created any less entertaining.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonnac

      amen to that. its a sad loss. at least he escaped the rapture..

      May 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • BitterAlien

      yes and yes

      @ BitterAlien

      May 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      IT ISN'T FAKE PEOPLE GET INJURED THIS IS A TRAGIC DAY STFU!

      May 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • sandra 123

      i believe that it is half true

      May 22, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    Snap into a Slim Jim–or Snap into a Guardrail. SAD

    May 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Greg

    Macho Man you will be missed !!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Osama bin Laden

    Hello USA ..... I have Slim Jim's on sale at my 7Eleven .. pls stop in to get a slim jim and a sluschie

    May 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Superhiro

    Dang... He's elbow dropping angels now.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Katie

    Hey CNN:
    You have his name wrong in one place. It's Randy, not Ralph. THANKS.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Osama bin Laden

      Thanks for the find there Katie ... hmmmmm only about 2 dozen other posts say the same thing ..... WAKE UP

      May 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gregthehammer

    RIP Randy. One of the greats

    May 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bob

    BONESAW?!? Nooooooo

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