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Randy Savage dies; Macho Man wrestler was 58

Randy Savage, the garishly attired professional wrestler known as the Macho Man whose bronzed biceps and signature catchphrase — “Ohhh yeah!” — made him a popular star on the mat, died in a car accident May 20 in Tampa, Fla. He was 58.

Born Randall Mario Poffo, he was the son of an amateur wrestler.

After a stint in baseball’s minor leagues, he joined the professional wrestling ranks in 1985.

In the ring, he was known to wear sequined cowboy hats, face-wrapping sunglasses and chest-hugging tank tops in neon animals prints.

He had a popular rivarly with Hulk Hogan and the pair faced off in a number of memorable bouts that were broadcast on television in the 1990s.

Off the mat, he was also known for his beef jerky snapping endorsement of “Slim Jims.”

“Gotta have beef? Gotta have spice?” He rasps in one commercial. “Need a little excitement? Snap into a Slim Jim. Ohhh yeah!”

A full obituary is on the way. In the meantime, leave your memories of the wrestler below.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.

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