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'Macho Man' Randy Savage dies in car accident

Legendary wrestler Randy Savage, known to fans as "Macho Man," died in a car accident in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, according to TMZ. He was 58.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Savage was driving his Jeep Wrangler when he veered across a concrete median, through oncoming traffic, and "collided head-on with a tree" around 9:25 a.m. He was transported to Largo Medical Center, where he died. Savage's wife of one year, Lynn, was a passenger but sustained only minor injuries, according to TMZ. The police report noted that both Poffo and his wife were wearing seatbelts.

Savage's brother, Lanny Poffo told TMZ that the wrestler suffered a heart attack while he was driving and then lost control of the vehicle. The website also reported that doctors are scheduled to perform an autopsy on Saturday, May 21.

Frequent ring opponent Hulk Hogan tweeted: "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."

A spokesperson for World Wrestling Entertainment released a statement saying “WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of one of the greatest superstars of his time, Randy Poffo, a.k.a. 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.”

And actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson tweeted:  "RIP Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage - you were one of my childhood inspirations and heroes."

Savage joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1985 and became a star with the catchphrase "ooooooh yeaaaahhh." He also made a series of memorable TV commercials where he urged viewers to "snap into a Slim Jim."

 

Under his real name, Randy Poffo, he played minor-league baseball as an outfielder from 1971 to 1974. His father had also wrestled professionally, as did his younger brother, known as "Leaping" Lanny Poffo. 

He also had an acting career, playing a wrestler who takes on Peter Parker in 2002's "Spider-Man," providing a voice in Disney's 2008 animated movie "Bolt" and appearing in various TV shows, including "Mad About You" and "Baywatch."

In 2003, he released a rap album, "Be a Man."

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