Randall Mario Poffo, best known as the wrestling superstar Macho Man Randy Savage, died this morning in a car accident outside of Tampa. He was 58.
According to TMZ, Savage suffered a heart attack while driving his 2009 Jeep Wrangler and veered into oncoming traffic before colliding head-on with a tree.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Savage was a second-generation wrestler — his father Angelo Poffo was well known in the 1950s and ’60s — who broke into the business in 1973 as “The Spider Friend,” a character similar to Spider-Man. In 1985, under the ring name Randy Savage, he signed on with Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation. He was managed for most of his career in the WWF and World Championship Wrestling by his wife “Miss Elizabeth” Hulette, who passed away in 2003.
Savage, who retired from wrestling in 2005 with 20 championship belts, also branched out into acting, appearing in episodes of such television series as Walker, Texas Ranger, Baywatch, Family Guy and King of the Hill. The Slim Jim celebrity spokesman also famously portrayed wrestler Bonesaw McGraw in 2002’s Spider-Man.
He’s survived by his second wife Lynn Payne, whom he married on May 10, 2010.
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