WWE wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage (real name Randy Mario Poffo) died Friday in a car crash at age 58. A hugely popular staple of the professional wrestling world from 1985 to 1993, when he was under contract with WWE, Savage is considered one of the industry's greatest, most entertaining wrestlers, mentioned in the same class as Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, The Rock, and Ric Flair. WWE released this statement about his death:
WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of ... 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.
TMZ reports that Savage suffered a heart attack behind the wheel. Reuters has further details about the accident:
Savage, whose real name was Randy Mario Poffo, appeared to have lost control of his 2009 Jeep Wrangler for unknown reasons at 9:25 a.m. local time, crash investigators said. He drove over a concrete median into oncoming traffic lanes before crashing head-on into a tree, a crash report said. He died of his injuries at a nearby hospital.
Wrestling stars including Hogan and Bret Hart have taken to Twitter to express their condolences. Inside Pulse has a round up:
I'm completely devastated, after over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we've finally started to talk and communicate... 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... We miss him a lot. I feel horrible about the ten years of having no communication. This was a tough one... I just pray that Randy's happy and in a better place and we miss him.
I have no words to say. This one hits me hard. We lost one of the best." This sums it up.