'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. Terry

    Guess I'm a Black red neck..............luv um

    May 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James

    We will miss The Macho Man. our prayers go out for the family.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. maty

    Classy.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Terry

    My prayers go out to his family. On a serious note, I really liked him and watched him wrestle way back with Hacksaw Jim Dugan, Rakeshi, etc. He was one the greatest.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr Sarcasm

    HEY

    HEY

    HEY HEY HEY

    MACHO MACHO MAN

    I WANT TO BE A MACHO MAN

    I know, it's not relevant. I just wanted to embed that annoying song in your head for the rest of the afternoon. You're welcome.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • hahahahahaha

      I'm sorry – did you say something?

      May 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • TacoSalad

      Well thats not very sarcastic...

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

    tmz reported he had a heart attack and then crashed. very sad.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steelernation

    This really sucks.. Will always be a fan of the Macho Man..

    May 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Harry Ball

    He was officially the coolest guy on the planet when he released a hip hop album a few years back. And it wasn't some BS album about wrestling. He was serious. I'm going to miss this guy so much. Truly an original that will never ever be duplicated. When this guy was in the ring, I didn't care that it was fake. It was just fun!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Deuce

    I met Macho Man at a park in Florida, he was filming a Slim Jim commercial. Awesome guy, very nice, signed some autographs for my younger brother and me, and most telling, he genuinely engaged us in conversation and grateful for our compliments. I grew up watching him in the WWF, and my brother grew up watching him in commercials and hosting S.W.A.T. Cats marathons on Cartoon Network.

    My heart goes out to him and his family and friends. He was a cultural icon and will live on forever in history! R.I.P. Randy!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kim

    I can't believe he didn't hit anyone when he went through that intersection. He ended up in the yard of a church on the corner. Shame 🙁

    May 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George "The Animal" Steele

    We will miss you homie

    May 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cricket

    @Benny:
    The GODSTRAW?
    I laughed my ass off with that one. I'm definitely going to hell!
    @Pipan:
    I agree!

    @je$u$$ave$:
    Sure didn't take long for someone to equate pro wrestling with religion. Thanks. For nothing.

    RIP, Macho Man!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cam

    Sad, sad, sad. You were too beautiful for this world, Macho Man!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DixieNormous

    SNAP INTO A TOMBSTONE!!! OHHHH YEAH!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Osama bin Laden

      LOL .. funny

      May 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • HowieNormous

      RIP

      May 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. maty

    Classy guy.

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