‘Macho Man’ Savage Dies In Car Accident

Updated on Friday May 20, 2011 at 1:43 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) Pro wrestler Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage died Friday morning in a car accident in Tampa, Florida.

The Florida Highway Patrol says in a crash report that the 58-year-old former wrestler – whose legal name is Randy Mario Poffo – was driving a Jeep Wrangler when he lost control in Pinellas County around 9:25 a.m.

According to the report, Savage’s 2009 Jeep Wrangler cut across a concrete median, past oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a tree.

Police say he may have suffered a “medical event” before the accident, but the report did not elaborate, and it said officials would need to perform an autopsy to know for sure.

Lanny Poffo, Savage’s brother, told TMZ.com that Savage suffered a heart attack while driving.

The police report confirms that there was woman in the vehicle who suffered minor injuries. TMZ has reported that woman was Savage’s wife, Lynn. The TMZ report also says that alcohol was not a factor and that both Savage and his wife were wearing seat belts.

Savage was also well known as a spokesman for Slim Jims. And in an eerie coincidence, ConAgra Foods, the maker of Slim Jims, shut down production on the product on Friday.

Information from Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Tom

    I knew Randy at high school in Downers Grove,ILL.Not a bad guy,I would point my finger at Steroids taken earlier in his life.

  • mike in davenport

    Lots of guys from this era had very similar (i.e. heart-related) deaths; Mr. Perfect, Ravishing Rick Rude, British Bulldog, Big Boss Man, etc.

  • AT3374

    Shame Vince didn’t get him in his HoF while he was still alive , but no doubt RAW will have something put together on his legacy .

  • Dave

    Randy was a two-time all-state catcher at Downers Grove North and is in the Trojan Hall of Fame.

  • Get Yourself A Slim Jim

    I see that he had to be extracted from the vehicle after the crash by the rescue team, they had to use a Slim Jim.

  • mike in davenport

    He’s no longer in the nWo.

    Because it’s 4 Life.

    • Dave

      Dig it!!!!!!!!!


    One of it’s most entertaining talents. Rest in Peace

  • Macho Man Billy Mays Here

    Is that you Billy Mays?.

  • Joakim's bong

    RIP Macho King!

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