The world of professional wrestling lost one of its icons last week when Macho Man Randy Savage lost control of his Jeep Wrangler on Friday morning and crashed into a tree. Initially, it was reported that the Macho Man, whose real name is Ralph Poffo, may have had a heart attack while driving, causing him to lose control of his sport utility vehicle (SUV). But, current reports are saying the cause of the fatal car accident is due to “unknown reasons.”
Known as one of the Great Superstars of his generation, the Macho Man made his mark in the wrestling ring and American pop culture with his flashy manner of dress, highly entertaining showmanship, and, of course, his trademark catchphrases, “Ohh Yeeaaahhh,” and, “Can you dig it?” Both of which made him an ideal spokesperson for ConAgra Foods, and their Slim Jim jerky products.
The South Carolina car accident lawyers at Howell and Christmas read this morning, according to Florida Highway Patrol, that the Macho Man was traveling westbound on Florida State Route 694 near 113th Street North in Pinellas County when his vehicle traveled over the raised concrete median divider, crossed the eastbound lanes of SR-694, over the outside curb, and collided head-on with a tree. The Macho Man was taken to Largo Medical Center, where he died.
At the time of the accident, the Macho Man’s wife, Lynn Poffo was also in the car. Fortunately, she did not suffer any serious or life-threatening injuries, only minor ones, and is expected to make a full recovery.
An autopsy completed Saturday was unable to determine the exact cause of death, additionally, according to the director for the Pinellas-Pasco medical examiner’s office the autopsy did not reveal any extensive trauma to him. Hence the reason initial reports of a heart attack have been adjusted and clarified to state the possibility that the Macho Man may have suffered a medical event.
Well many, whether wrestling fans or not, may remember the Macho Man for his flamboyant charisma in the ring and on commercials, Ralph Poffo may have left a more lasting impact on his community. Poffo, a Seminole, Florida resident, was deeply involved in charity work, annually appearing in a Christmas concert to help the underprivileged youth in Tampa.