Randy “Macho Man” Savage — the famous WWF and WCW wrestler known for his antics in the ring, his flashy bandanna and his “Oooooh yeahhhhh” catch phrase — has died in a car accident in Tampa.
Lanny Poffo, the wrestler’s brother, told TMZ that Savage — real name Randy Mario Poffo — suffered a heart attack this morning while driving and subsequently lost control of the vehicle. His car reportedly collided with a tree. Lanny Poffo’s Web site is currently set up as a tribute to the WWF legend. Savage was 58.
In addition to achieving superstar wrestling status, Savage became a cultural figure outside of that world, as the intentionally aggressive spokesman for Slim Jims and an actor who occasionally appeared in movies, most notably the first “Spider-Man” film.
Savage was married to Elizabeth Ann Hulette, aka Miss Elizabeth, for many years. She also acted as his manager and was involved in several of Randy Savage’s wrestling feuds, most notably his showy showdowns with Hulk Hogan. Hulette and Savage divorced during the ‘90s, and she died in 2003. Savage married his longtime girlfriend, Lynn Payne, last year; they had recently celebrated their one-year anniversary.
Watch one of Savage’s Slim Jim commercials and a clip of Savage as Bonesaw McGraw in “Spider-Man,” after the jump.