Posted by Flashpoint Grafix on May 20, 2011 »
Pro-wrestling legend, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, died in a car crash in Seminole, Florida on Friday (May 20), he was 58 years of age.
According to ESPN, Florida Highway Patrol said the former wrestler (real name: Randy Mario Poffo) was driving a Jeep Wrangler when he lost control in Pinellas County at about 9:25 a.m. ET.
The Jeep veered over the raised concrete median divider, crossed over the eastbound lanes and slammed head-on against a tree.
While nothing was confirmed, police said he may have suffered a “medical event” before the accident. Many speculate that he had suffered from a heart attack.
A woman in the vehicle, identified as his wife Barbara L. Poffo, 56, suffered minor injuries.
“Poffo will be greatly missed by WWE and his fans,” a statement from the WWE said. “Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends. We wish a speedy recovery to his wife Lynn.”
Savage was a charismatic wrestler, who held championship belts during his run as a wrestler with the WWF, later changed to WWE, from the mid-1980s to the 1990s.
He was known by fans for his distinctively deep and raspy voice, his flashy ring attire (comprised of sunglasses, a bandanna or head band, flashy robes, and a cowboy hat), and his signature catch phrase: “Ooh yeah!”
For most of his wrestling career, his valet to the ring was Miss Elizabeth, who in real life, was his wife. They later divorced, and she died in 2003 at age 42 in what was later ruled a prescription drug overdose.
Savage also wrestled with the WCW and TNA promotions at the tail-end of his career.
He”s most known for his legendary rivalries with Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat and Ric Flair.
The shocking news of his death impacted many, especially his wrestling peers, who took to Twitter with their reactions.
“I”m completely devastated, after over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we”ve finally started to talk and communicate,” Hogan began (@HulkHogan4Real). “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,” he continued. I feel horrible about the ten years of having no communication. This was a tough one. I just pray that Randy”s happy and in a better place and we miss him.”