Randy "Macho Man" Savage, the skilled wrestler well-known for his raspy voice, the sunglasses and also bandanas he wore in the ring and also the young mrs named miss out on Elizabeth who regularly accompanied him, died in a auto crash Friday in Florida. He to be 58.

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A Florida Highway Patrol crash report stated the former wrestler -- who legal surname was Randy Mario Poffo -- was driving a Jeep Wrangler as soon as he lost control in Pinellas County approximately 9:25 a.m. The Jeep veered over the raised concrete average divider, crossed over the eastbound lanes and also crashed head-on into a tree.

Police claimed he may have actually suffered a "medical event" before the accident, however the report did no elaborate, and also it said officials would must perform one autopsy to understand for sure.

The Macho guy was a wrestling star inside and outside the the ring.Getty ImagesThe report said a mrs in the vehicle, established as Barbara L. Poffo, 56, endured minor injuries. A statement from Stamford, Conn.-based people Wrestling Entertainment claimed the passenger was the wrestler"s existing wife. Both were wearing your seatbelts, follow to the police report.

"Poffo will certainly be greatly missed through WWE and his fans," the explain said.

Savage to be a charismatic wrestler made well known for his "Macho Man" nickname and also his "Oooh Yeah!" catchphrase. He was a champion in Vince McMahon"s civilization Wrestling Federation, and also later Ted Turner"s now-defunct people Championship Wrestling.

Poffo to be under contract with WWE native 1985 to 1993 and also held both the WWE and Intercontinental Championships.

"Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and also friends. We wish a speedy restore to his wife," WWE said.

Savage defined the larger-than-life characters of the 1980s people Wrestling Federation (now WWE). That wore sequined robes bejeweled v "Macho Man" top top the back, rainbow-colored cowboy hats and also oversized sunglasses, part of a distinctive look that helped develop the WWF into a tendency phenomenon.

For most of his career, his valet, miss Elizabeth, was by his side. The woman, Elizabeth Hulette, was his real-life mam at the time. They later on divorced, and Hulette died in 2003 at 42 in what was later on ruled a prescription drug overdose.

Savage"s fatality was not the an initial to catch the wrestling civilization by surprise.

Chris Benoit killed his wife and also son and also then committed suicide in their Georgia residence in 2007; Benoit to be 40.

Eddie Guerrero to be 38 once he died of a heart strike in 2005 after a background of alcohol and drug problems.

Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig passed away of a cocaine overdose in 2003 at 44. That same year, Michael "Road Warrior Hawk" Hegstrand died from a heart attack at 46. He had combated alcohol and also drugs, as well as steroids.

In 1999, wrestler Owen Hart, 33, was eliminated when he dropped from one apparatus as he to be being lowered into the ring from the ceiling of Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.

The WWF make Savage their champion after ~ a success over Ted DiBiase in the main event at WrestleMania in 1988.

Savage had actually not appeared for a significant wrestling organization due to the fact that 2004, when he carry out for total Nonstop Action.

He to be at times both the many popular and most hated wrestler in entertainment. His flying elbow off the optimal rope to be mimicked by basement and also backyard wrestlers everywhere. Savage made good use that his deep, raspy voice together a corporate pitchman as well, because that years notified Slim Jim fans to "Snap right into a Slim Jim!"

He"s most recognized for his legendary rivalries v Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat and Ric Flair. Wrestlers took to Twitter come let fans know Savage won"t it is in forgotten.

"There"s probably five or six of us, with Andre (the Giant) and Hogan and also thankfully myself and Flair, that, when their names pop up, also if you"re not a fan, you understand who in the hell these civilization are," said former wrestler and WWE hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes. "You say, "I know this guy. I understand Macho guy Randy Savage." he was component of the breed. We shed a great one."

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hailed Savage as among his childhood inspirations and also heroes, while Mick "Cactus Jack" Foley referred to as Savage "one that my favourite performers."

Hogan stated he and also Savage had just started talking again ~ 10 years.


"He had so much life in his eyes & in his spirit, I just pray that he"s happy and in a much better place and also we miss out on him," Hogan wrote.

While so plenty of personalities who left the WWF for WCW choose Hogan, Roddy Piper and Mean Gene Okerlund to be welcomed back to the firm and also inducted right into the room of Fame, Savage never ever returned.

Rhodes stated Savage had prudently conserved his money and was content to continue to be out the the spotlight.

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"He was a recluse, almost," Rhodes stated by phone. "Whatever he to be doing, he wanted that privacy. Yeah, that was out of the snapshot for 10 years, however he didn"t want to it is in in the picture."

Savage to be a minor league catcher in the 1970s for St. Louis and also Cincinnati before turning in the uniform because that tights. His father, Angelo Poffo, was a longtime wrestler, and also his brother, "Leaping" Lanny Poffo, was also a 1980s WWF mainstay. Condolences from fans poured in to Lanny Poffo"s Facebook page on Friday.