'Macho Man' Randy Savage Dies In Car Accident After Suffering Heart Attack

Professional wrestling legend Randy Savage, best known as "Macho Man," died from heart failure while driving a car May 20th. He was 58.

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'Macho Man' Randy Savage Died Due To Heart Disease, Not Car Accident

When professional wrestling legend "Macho Man" Randy Savage died in a car accident on May 20th, it was due to heart disease and not from injuries sustained in a car crash.

An autopsy by the Medical Examiner's Office revealed that Savage had an enlarged heart with hardened coronary arteries. He suffered only minor cuts and bruises in the accident,according to the examiner.

The 58-year-old wrestler, whose legal name was Randy Mario Poffo, became unresponsive on May 20 while driving his Jeep Wrangler, which left the roadway and crashed into a tree in Seminole on Florida's west coast.

The Macho Man was known for his gruff voice, flamboyant costumes and "Ooh, yeah!" catch phrase. He was a pro wrestling champion many times over and considered a fan favorite despite spending large chunks of his career as a bad guy.

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PHOTO: Randy Savage Car Crash Scene Shows Jeep Damaged By Tree

Pro wrestling star "Macho Man" Randy Savage died in Tampa, Florida Friday morning just before 10 am ET, reportedly losing control of his black 2009 Jeep Wrangler while having a heart attack, then swerving to avoid traffic and striking a tree. In the photo below, you can see the impact the tree had on his car, which is surrounded in police tape. Thankfully, you can't see Savage's body itself in the picture.

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Savage reportedly had not been drinking, and both he and his wife were reportedly wearing seat belts. His wife survived the incident and was taken to a local hospital. The former WWF and WCW pro wrestling champ, whose real name was Randall Mario Poffo and who played stints in the minor league systems of both the Cardinals and Reds, was 58 years old.

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Randy Savage Dies In Hospital After Colliding With Tree In Car Accident

‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage died on Friday morning in a car accident, and now more details about his death are coming to light. According to TMZ, Savage suffered a heart attack while driving his Jeep Wrangler, and he lost control. The car swerved into oncoming traffic before veering off the road and hitting a tree head-on.

Savage, 58, was taken from the scene to Largo Medical Center, where he died shortly thereafter. Savage’s wife, Lynn, was in the Jeep with him at the time of the accident, but only sustained minor injuries.

Both Randy Savage and his wife were wearing seat belts, according to the police, and alcohol was not involved in the accident.

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'Macho Man' Randy Savage Dies In Car Accident After Suffering Heart Attack

Professional wrestling legend Randy Savage, best known as "Macho Man," died at the age of 58 on Friday morning in a car accident. According to TMZ, who spoke with Savage's brother, Savage lost control of his vehicle after suffering a heart attack while driving. The accident occurred around 10 a.m. ET near his home in Tampa, Florida.

"Macho Man" began his pro wrestling career in 1973, and joined the WWF in 1985, where he quickly rose to superstar status. He was a seven-time world champion during his nine year tenure with the WWF. In 1994, he left for WCW, where he wrestled 1999. After a short stint with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Savage retired in 2005.


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Savage was married in 2010 and recently celebrated his one-year anniversary with his wife Lynn. He had no children, and is survived by one brother, Lanny Poffo.

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