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Macho Man Randy Savage Dies In Car Accident

5/20/2011 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Macho Man Randy Savage -- one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time -- died today in a car accident in Seminole, Florida ... TMZ has learned.

Randy Savage Car Accident Dead


TMZ spoke with Randy's brother, Lanny Poffo, who tells us the wrestling legend suffered a heart attack while he was behind the wheel around 9:25 AM ... and lost control of his vehicle.

Earlier this month, Savage celebrated his 1-year anniversary with his new wife Lynn.

Savage was 58.

Macho Man began wrestling in the WWF in 1985 and became a superstar with his trademark catchphrase "Ooooooh Yeaahhhhh." Savage was so popular, he became the spokesperson for Slim Jim in the mid '90s ... and became virtually synonymous with the brand.

UPDATE: Florida Highway Patrol tells TMZ ... Savage was driving his 2009 Jeep Wrangler when he veered across a concrete median ... through oncoming traffic ... and "collided head-on with a tree."

Savage was transported to Largo Medical center, where he died from his injuries.

Savage's wife was a passenger in the vehicle during the collision -- but survived with "minor injuries." She was transported to a different local hospital where she was treated. 

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According to officials, Randy and Lynn were both wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident.

Cops say alcohol was NOT a factor. 

An investigation into the accident is underway.

Randy Savage

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91.

LST    

I'm stunned to hear of this, I had always liked him a lot, he sure had a very unique persona in the ring. RIP Randy, you will be missed by many, and never forgotten.

1149 days ago
92.

Jenice    

Evidently some of you "IDIOTS" have never lost a loved one, other wise you would not make such "STUPID" comments. Many blessings and prayers to Randy,s family and especially Lynn. May the great spirit see you home Randy.

1149 days ago
93.

Justin    

I'm gonna go snap into a slimjim in his honor.

1149 days ago
94.

Don Alex    

Macho Man says, Slim Jims are bad for your heart, OHHHH YEAHHH!!

1149 days ago
95.

michel deshazo    

hey Macho Man Randy Savage sorry you deid guy we all loved you man may god bless your famly rest in peace my friend we will miss you brother oooohhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

1149 days ago
96.

Andy    

so when it says he died in a car crash, what they actually mean is that his heart exploded from too many roids!

1149 days ago
97.

Tom    

@Tom C...man your comment page is loaded with smart ass comments! Show some respect!

1149 days ago
98.

chuck mackey    

wrestlings fake

1149 days ago
99.

ejay    

According to my English professor, you can't "collide head-on with a tree." In order for a collision to occur, both objects need to be in motion. So unless this tree was in motion, I would have to say he crashed into the tree and not collided with the tree but maybe English isn't a prerequisite for being a police officer. That being said, Rest in Peace Macho Man Randy Savage!

1149 days ago
100.

Charlie    

I have had seven family members, 13 friends, and my Husky die in car wrecks. Let's get rid of these wicked methods of transportation and keep our friends and family alive

1149 days ago
101.

Lori S.    

Macho Man you will be greatly missed, sympathy to your loved ones and friends. You were a part of my childhood. You will never be forgotten.

1149 days ago
102.

Subrina    

so sad to hear this news. We all liked him and ms elizabeth

1149 days ago
103.

TongueJedi    

Snap into a Tombstone!

1149 days ago
104.

CAROLYN    

So Sad...I remember watching him wrestle back in the 80's......when he was with Miss Elizabeth...RIP

1149 days ago
105.

Jason    

"Ya think ya know what you're talkin about, but NOOOO ya don't!"
I grew up watching Wrestling in the 80's and just recently went on youtube to watch all the old school matches. I met Randy Savage in Maryland at a filming of a wrestling show. I asked him, "How ya doin?" He said in perfect Randy Savage tone: "How ya doin!" Man he looked old in that grey haired pic though.
We all go some time, but we are eternal beings, not our bodies. He is roaming the ethers now sayin: "Ohhh Yahhhhh!"

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