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Pro-Wrestling Legend “Macho Man” Randy Savage Dies in Car Crash

Earlier today, those of you who have an account on Twitter may have noticed rumors of the death of professional wrestling great “Macho Man” Randy Savage.  Unfortunately, has since confirmed those rumors.  His brother, Lanny “The Genius” Poffo stated in an article published this morning, “…the wrestling legend suffered a heart attack while he was behind the wheel around 9:25 AM … and lost control of his vehicle.”  The vehicle drove across a concrete median into oncoming traffic before crashing into a tree.  Savage, who was 58 years old, is survived by his wife Lynn.  Lynn was also in the car but suffered only minor injuries.  According to the police, both passengers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident and alcohol was not a factor.

For those of you who don’t know (or are too cool to admit to knowing) who Randy Savage is, his bio on sums it up pretty well: Few superstars were as dynamic as “Macho Man” Randy Savage.  His style – perfectly punctuated by his entrance music, “Pomp and Circumstance” – was only outshined by his performances in the ring, which led him to two WWE Championships, two World Heavyweight Championships and a 14-month reign as Intercontinental Champion. Other in-ring accomplishments of Randy Savage include being the 1987 King of the Ring, as well as 4x WCW World Heavyweight champion.

Outside of wrestling, Randy Savage was the spokesperson for Slim Jim throughout the 90s. Admit it: if you were still in grade school at this time, you bought a Slim Jim because of this man. And if you had taste buds, you never did so again.  He has also had appearances in numerous television shows and movies, including an appearance in Spider-Man as Bonesaw McGraw.  For what it’s worth, Macho Man also dropped a rap album in 2003 that will always hold a special place in hip-hop history.

After the jump: Shane Carwin and BJ Penn react to the news via Twitter (click images for full size).

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Roboturner- May 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm
Ok, the voice thing is actually from a line drive that hit Randy Poffo (Savage) in the throat when he was a minor league baseball player. That is how he had to talk. Makes the voice both a little less gimmicky to know that and really a lot sadder.

I miss pro (funny that fake is pro) wrestlers like him they were entertaining, but I couldn't watch any of these new guys. I miss the cartoonish wrestling days when they are seemed like side show circus superhoes.

Btw, my name is from a Between the Buried and Me song. Any metal love here.
Mir please break Brocks neck- May 20, 2011 at 11:32 pm
Its sad.....but, its kinda interesting...... Randy "Macho Man" Savage will be remembered by MILLIONS and MILLIONS and MILLIONS of Fans (yes, REAL FANS). This is very sad news. He was an inspiration. As equally as sad was the untimely death of Evan Tanner. Life is short folks....... love every day. Hate less. This is TRUTH. R.I.P. Macho Man....Thank you for the memories...... Now you can reunite with your wife, Miss Elizabeth (died in 2003). So tragic. Just sad.
WK- May 20, 2011 at 8:22 pm
Too many prowrestlers are dying way too young.
The partying, drugs, alcohol and steroids will catch up to you. IT's not a matter of how, just when.
RwilsonR- May 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm
We'll miss you Macho Man. Thanks for paving the way for processed-meat peddling wrestlers everywhere! Brock and his Jack Links will never live up to the level of excellence you set.
coldbeer78- May 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm
@ Loki.. since nobody else seemed to have caught it, nice City Slickers reference. I can just picture Daniel Stern saying it now.
ClubberLame- May 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm
If you said, "OK, show me what a PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER should be." It would be "Macho Man" Randy Savage. When he was at his best he could capture anyone's attention, and instead of just, "Oh, this is just that phony wrestling crap!"-he could make you suspend your disbelief and just go along for and enjoy the ride. Which again, is what a professional wrestler should be. A complete original, I mean...who comes up with this stuff? The name, the voice, the promos, the outfits, the matches. Just amazing. haha RIP "Macho Man".
fatbellyfrank- May 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm
@ Drano, hearing you bro, Randy was fucken cool, and yer right, back in the day I used to love the wrasslin, Rowdy Roddy Piper, orndorff,Hogan and of course the Macho man RIP Randy, your gonna be missed
Maine Blazer- May 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm
I'm setting 58 as the over/under for when Lesnar dies.
GistoftheFist- May 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm
Macho Man, Duff Man, and Koolaid Man all say OH YEAH!
dranokills- May 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm
oh man. I hate what is known as wrasslin today, but back in the day, Macho, Hulk, and the giant....ohhh man this is a crusher.
I guess it's true, you have to actually invest some heart, and maybe give a shit a little bit before it strikes home hard.
this actually hurts my heart. GOD bless Randy, sure gonna miss ya.
Lopes- May 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm
superflat- May 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm
Fuck this is depressing. Steroids (likely) rear their ugly head. Still, the dark comic in me can't help but speculate that Macho will soon be reborn as a case of special edition Slim Jims.
Venomous- May 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm
This should be the real video remembrance of Macho Man. Love you Macho, you speak the truth.
El Guapo- May 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm
Now that I've said my goodbyes, why the hell did Macho Man always sound like he was trying to take a shit? A painful, blood vessel poppin shit, at that? Next time you're constipated, talk like Macho Man. Both as a memorial and remedy. "Ohhhh yeaaaahhhh."
Venomous- May 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm
RIP Macho Man, Slam into a tree ohhhhh yeaahh!! I mean Snap into a slim jim!
El Guapo- May 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm
Lay In Peace, Macho Man. I went to that WrestleMania at the L.A. Coliseum where he lost the first ever "retirement match". Forgot what number it was, forgot who he wrestled against. I do remember he lost, tho. I was like 9 or 10. (Wonder Years theme song playing softly in the background)My cousin got lost near the concession stands, was crying like a lil biznatch when we found him. Good times.
qwerty- May 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm
Hey Macho Man was awesome... how to properly memorialize him? I know! Let's post a clip of him losing!
BONGTAR- May 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm
Ohhh YEeeaaahhhh
SnackDaddy- May 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm
RIP, bro. I got fond memories of you on my old Phillips family TV.
ccman- May 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm
You sure that rap albulm wasn't the hustle and flow sound track?
JCVD as Timecop- May 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm
He was my favourite wrestler when I was 8 years old, arguably the only appropriate age to still be watching pro wrestling.
Sucks that he had to die of a heart attack; that's how they all go out. Young, too.
Fried Taco- May 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm
RIP Macho Man. You inspired me to get into pro-wrestling. Of course, I never did it, but you did inspire me. And I used your moves on my brothers all the time.
LOKI- May 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm
And yet Ric Flair still walks the earth? Fate is a fickle bitch.
Silver lining, the link "Death" leads to videos and picks of Logan Stanton and Kyra Gracie.
LOKI- May 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm
The Man ate Slim Jims at every meal?...You cant do that!
El Famous Burrito- May 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm
Damn, and only one day before retirement.