'Macho Man' Randy Savage killed in Seminole car crash
"Macho man" Randy Savage, the popular wrestler who once teamed up with Hulk Hogan to form the supergroup the Mega Powers, was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Park Boulevard near 113th Street in Seminole on Friday. TMZ was first to report the crash.
The 58-year-old's brother, "Leaping" Lanny Poffo, told the site his brother had a heart attack behind the wheel of his 2009 Jeep Wrangler around 9:25 a.m. and lost control of the vehicle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Jeep swerved across a concrete median, through oncoming traffic and "collided head-on with a tree," the site reported. The FHP is awaiting results of an autopsy to confirm what caused the crash.
Savage was transported to Largo Medical Center, where the wrestler died of his injuries, TMZ says. His wife Barbara Lynn Poffo, who also was in the car, was transported to a different hospital and survived with minor injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts, authorities say, and alcohol was not involved. They had celebrated their first anniversary earlier this month, the site says.
Savage was born Randall Poffo in Columbus, Ohio, in 1952 and grew up in Downers Grove, Ill. He was a two-time WWF champ and made the rounds in the WCW and TNA circuits. His catchphrase "Ooooh yeah!" was popular even when he played a heel, and his career took off while married to Elizabeth Ann Hulette, who played his manager, Miss Elizabeth. They were married from 1984 to 1992; she was found dead from a drug overdose in Lex Luger's home in 2003. Most recently, Savage had regained popularity as the spokesman for Slim Jim.
"I'm completely devastated, after over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we've finally started to talk and communicate," former partner Hulk Hogan said via his Twitter account, HulkHogan4Real, acknowledging the pair had feuded over the years. "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."
[Photo: Randy and Lynn in 2008. Getty Images]