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Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 05/20/2011

‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage dies after car accident

Randy Poffo tried his hand at baseball, with some success, but it wasn’t until he turned his attention to pro wrestling that he found international fame and success.

In the wrestling ring, he was Randy “Macho Man” Savage, a WWF and WCW titleist with a flamboyant wardrobe, a lovely wife/valet in Miss Elizabeth, and catchphrase (“Ooooh yeahhh”).

Savage died Friday after suffering a heart attack as he was driving in Tampa. Savage’s 2009 Jeep Wrangler, according to the Florida Highway Patrol report, crossed several lanes of oncoming traffic and struck a tree. His second wife, Lynn, was a passenger and suffered minor injuries. Savage died at a Largo, Fla., hospital.

Savage arrived on the wrestling scene in 1985 and immediately drew attention for his showmanship. He won two WWF titles and staged classic matches with, among others, Ricky Steamboat and Hulk Hogan, who eventually took his title. He and Miss Elizabeth divorced in 1992 and she died in 2003. Savage remarried last year.

He appeared in classic ads for Slim Jim and played Bonesaw McGraw in “Spider-Man” in 2002. Earlier this year, he promoted an all-star wrestling video game.

Pro wrestling isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and there’s always a great debate over whether it belongs in spors or entertainment, but Savage’s death certainly resonated in the world of sports, judging by the number of athletes who tweeted after learning the news.

Macho man I was big fan of you and so were my kids we a wrestling family u were awesomeless than a minute ago via txt Favorite Retweet Reply

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. HHless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

RIP Randy "Macho Man" Savage - you were one of my childhood inspirations and heros. Strength, love and prayers to the Savage/Poffo family.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Photo gallery: Randy “Macho Man” Savage

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