Randy Poffo – best known as Randy “Macho Man” Savage – died early of injuries sustained in a car crash near his home in Florida.

Police officials from Florida said Poffo was driving his 2009 Jeep Wrangler when he suffered a heart attack, drove across a concrete median and hit a tree.

He was transported to Large Medical Center where he was pronounced dead from his injuries. He was 58 years old.

Also in the car was his wife Lynn, who survived the crash with “minor injuries.”
They had been married for one year.

Vince McMahon and the WWE just released this statement on their website at wwe.com:

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.

Savage held twenty championships during his professional wrestling career and is a seven-time world champion, a two-time WWF/E Champion, four-time WCW champion, and once held the unified world belt while wrestling for the ASWA. He has been named the “greatest Intercontinental champion of all time” by the WWE, and credited him for bringing “a higher level of credibility to the title through his amazing in-ring performances.

Savage was on of the most recognizable wrestlers, specifically due to his deep, raspy voice, his trademark “Ooooh, yeahhh” and his wild ring attire.

The WWE has said of Savage, “There has never been a Superstar more colorful than ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. His style—perfectly punctuated by his entrance music, “Pomp and Circumstance” has only been out-shined by his performance in the ring.”

According to his wikipedia entry, Poffo was born in Columbus, Ohio before moving to Illinois and became a graduate of Downer’s Grove High School outside Chicago. He attended Southern Illinois University, and graduated in 1971. He later moved to Lexington, Ky and lived there for many years.

After college, Randy played minor league baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox farm systems, but injured his shoulder and eventually was forced to retire.

Savage first broke into the wrestling business in 1973 during the fall and winter of the baseball off season, and renamed himself Randy Savage at the suggestion of Ole Anderson at Georgia Championship Wrestling.

He went on to wrestle with Jerry The King Lawler, culminating in epic feuds that spanned a couple of years.

He was signed by the WWF in 1985 where he took on the persona that most people remember today: a crazed, egomaniacal bully who would mistreat Miss Elizabeth and threaten anyone who even looked at her.

He won his first Intercontinental championship on February 24, 1986, defeating Tito Santana before wrestling in what is still considered one of the greatest matches ever against Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat at Wrestlemania 3. ending his 14 month reign as Intercontinental champion.

From there, Savage turned face and began an epic feud against the Honky Tonk Man, which led to him pairing up with Hulk Hogan. Roughly six months later, he pinned the Million Dollar Man at Wrestlemania 4 to be named the WWF World Champion.

He retained the title for over a year, before turning heel again against Hogan, resulting in him losing the title at WM 5 to Hogan.

From there, he ran epic feuds with Jake the Snake Roberts, Ric Flair, Hogan, and the Ultimate Warrior, before leaving for WCW in 1994.

Savage won the WCW title four times in WCW, joined the NWO in 1998, before falling out of favor with the group after retaining his last championship for only won week, handing it back to Hulk Hogan.

Savage popped around the independent scene before making a one year return to TNA in 2004, where he confronted Jeff Jarrett. But, the stay didn’t last long and left following a creative disagreement in December of 2004.

He was last seen as “Macho Man” Randy Savage in the roster of THQ’s WWE All-Stars video game released on March 29. It’s the first appearance of Savage in a video game since 2004.

Our condolences go out Randy’s wife, Lynn, brother Lanny, and the rest of the family.
There will be further information and personal Randy Savage memories from the Squared-Circle Jerk Wednesday.