According to TMZ.com, the wrestling superstar, who was born Randall Mario Poffo, suffered a heart attack while driving and lost control of his car, crashing head-on into a tree after driving across a concrete median.
The Florida Highway Patrol says the wrestler was transported to Largo Medical Center where he died from injuries sustained in the accident. His wife whom he recently married, Lynn, was a passenger. She survived the crash, suffering minor injuries, according to the report.
Prior to his recent marriage, Savage was romantically linked to wrestling beauty Stephanie “Gorgeous George” Bellars; and his ex-wife “Miss Elizabeth” Hulette, who herself tragically passed away in 2003 after a drug overdose.
Known for his catchphrase “Ooh yeah,” and his colorful, over-the-top wardrobe, which often included sunglasses and headbands, Savage held over 20 championships during his professional wresting career, which began in 1985. He was also a seven-time world champion.
Due to his notoriety, in the ’90s, Savage became the spokesman for Slim Jim.
His brother, Lanny Poffo, confirmed the news of Savage’s death to TMZ.
– My childhood memories is dressing up with my mothers pearls and clothes and watching wrestling with my father and sister. I remember watching Macho Man and loved the colorful outfits and how fun and energetic his personality was. I loved when he would say “Ohhh yeaaaaaaaah” and thought it was funny when he always Slim Jim’s with him. Seems like every year we loose a wrestler, so sad. 😦
Wrestlers, fans and WWE have all released statements:
Hulk Hogan: I’m completely devastated, after over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we’ve finally started to talk and communicate. He had so much life in his eyes & in his spirit, I just pray that he’s happy and in a better place and we miss him. We miss him a lot. I feel horrible about the ten years of having no communication. This was a tough one
The Rock: RIP Randy “Macho Man” Savage – you were one of my childhood inspirations and heros. Strength, love and prayers to the Savage/Poffo family.
Mick Foley: “Though I only met Randy Savage a handful of times, he was one of my all-time favorite performers … I loved his style, in the ring and on the microphone.”
Vince McMahon: “WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of one of the greatest Superstars of his time, Randy Poffo, aka Randy “Macho Man” Savage. 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.”
Slim Jim: “We’re saddened by the loss. Randy was a beloved ambassador for the Slim Jim brand for many years and will be greatly missed.”