Macho Man Randy Savage dies in car accident

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Wrestler ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage died in a car wreck Friday morning.

The iconic WWF star suffered a heart attack while driving his Jeep Wranger in Tampa, Florida, according to TMZ.

Along with Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, The Ultimate Warrior and a host of others, Savage was one of the sports all-stars that saw a golden age in the late 1980s and early 90s, performing in Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation.

Savage was known for his gravel-scratched, steamrolling smack talk as well as his signature phrase, “Ohhhh yeahhh!,” which he later used in his reoccurring role as the Slim Jim beef-jerky spokesman, growling at customers to “Snap into a Slim Jim.”

Florida Highway Patrol said Savage, whose wife was a passenger but escaped relatively unharmed, “collided head-on with a tree.”

Savage was 58. His death has already been Wiki’d.


“The 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 obtained by CNN. “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.”

Classic Savage intimidation:

Savage in action against the legendary Andre the Giant:

Savage snaps a Slim Jim on both their houses:

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