Pro wrestling superstar Randy “Macho Man” Savage died after having a heart attack while driving his Jeep Wrangler, Fox News confirms.
The accident happened in Seminole, Fla.
A source tells Fox News that he “suffered a heart attack while driving and hit a tree.”
Florida Highway Patrol said Savage, 58, leapt a concrete median, veered into oncoming traffic and smashed into a tree head on.
He died from his injuries at largo Medical Center.
The life of a professional wrestler has been unkind to many, as they have battled their own demons and personal tragedies.
Savage, whose real name is Randy Poffo, had just celebrated his first wedding anniversary with his wife Lynn. It was his second marriage.
Lynn was in the car at the time of the accident. She suffered only minor injuries.
He married his first wife Elizabeth Hulette, better known as “Miss Elizabeth,” in 1984. They divorced in 1992. She ended up dying from a drug overdose in 2003.
World Wrestling Entertainment said in a statement that Savage’s death was a huge loss.
“WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of one of the greatest Superstars of his time, Randy Poffo, aka 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.”
The wrestling world took to Twitter to grieve over the former wrestler.
“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,” Hulk Hogan posted on his Twitter account.
“RIP Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage – you were one of my childhood inspirations and heros. Strength, love and prayers to the Savage/Poffo family,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said on Twitter.
“I lost a close friend today. If anybody in heaven is wondering who the cat in the ugly cowboy hat is it’s Randy. Love you Bro. Never another,” Kevin Nash tweeted.
Savage helped put WWF wrestling on the map in the 1980s and ’90s, becoming, along with Hulk Hogan, one of its biggest draws. His outrageous outfits and his “Oooh Yeah!” catchphrase made him a fan favorite.
He also used to be the pitchman for Slim Jims.