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Death remains a mystery after autopsy on Randy 'Macho Man' Savage

LARGO — The autopsy of Randy "Macho Man" Savage did not turn up enough clues to determine a specific cause of death, according to officials.

Bill Pellan, director of investigations for the Pinellas-Pasco medical examiner's office, said the result of Saturday's completed autopsy is "pending," meaning more testing will be performed on the body of the former professional wrestler.

Savage, 58, whose real name was Randy Poffo, lost control of his Jeep Wrangler on Park Boulevard on Friday morning and crashed into a tree, according to troopers. He was taken to Largo Medical Center, where he died.

His wife, Barbara Poffo, was a passenger and suffered minor injuries. Both wore seat belts.

Savage's brother, "Leaping" Lanny Poffo, told TMZ.com that his brother suffered a heart attack before the crash.

Pellan said the medical examiner's office hopes to be more precise about the cause of death after conducting a histology test, which looks for finer trauma to the tissues as a result of disease or other health conditions. A toxicology test, which reveals the presence of substances in a body's tissues and fluids, will also be conducted, though results could take four to six weeks.

Pellan emphasized there was no indication from the autopsy that Savage was under the influence of any drugs; nor were drugs suspected. The histology and toxicology tests are fairly routine when autopsies don't yield answers.

"I don't want to mislead people," Pellan said Monday. "Whether it's Randy Savage or anyone else who died operating a motor vehicle that suddenly veers off the road, we're going to run a toxicology report on them."

Death remains a mystery after autopsy on Randy 'Macho Man' Savage 05/23/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 7:46am]
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