[UPDATE] 'Macho Man' Savage Died from Heart Disease

By: CBS News; AP
By: CBS News; AP

[UPDATE] 6-30 2011

St. Petersburg, FL (AP) - A medical examiner says something
went wrong with professional wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage's
heart before he crashed his car and declared the cause of death as
heart disease.

The autopsy released Thursday reveals that 58-year-old Randy
Poffo, known professionally as Randy Savage, had an enlarged heart
with severe blocking of his coronary arteries. With only minor
injuries from the crash, the Tampa Bay area medical examiner
determined the cause of death to be heart disease.

Authorities say Savage was driving in Pinellas County May 20
when he lost consciousness and crashed into a tree. He was later
pronounced dead at a hospital.

Toxicology results showed small traces of alcohol and
hydrocodone in Poffo's system, but officials say the amounts
wouldn't have factored into the crash.

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[UPDATE] 5-20 2:30pm - CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) --

The professional wrestler known as Randy
"Macho Man" Savage has died in a car crash in Florida.

The Florida Highway Patrol says in a crash report that the
58-year-old former wrestler -- whose legal name is Randy Mario Poffo
-- was driving a Jeep Wrangler when he lost control in Pinellas
County around 9:25 a.m. The Jeep veered over the raised concrete
median divider, crossed over the eastbound lanes and collided
head-on with a tree.

Police say he may have suffered a "medical event" before the
accident, but the report did not elaborate, and it said officials
would need to perform an autopsy to know for sure.

The report confirms that the driver was the pro wrestler known
as Randy Savage. A woman in the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

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(CBS) Professional wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage has died. He was 58.

The wrestling legend died in a car accident on Friday in Tampa, Fla.

His brother, Lanny Poffo, told TMZ that Savage suffered a heart attack while driving and lost control of his car.

Florida Highway Patrol said that the wrestler's 2009 Jeep Wrangler veered across a concrete median, through oncoming traffic and "collided head-on with a tree."

The wrestler was transported to Largo Medical Center, where he died from his injuries, according to the report.

Savage's wife, Lynn, was a passenger in the car during the accident but survived with minor injuries and was taken to a different local hospital for treatment, TMZ reports. Officials told the website that both were wearing their seatbelts.

The couple celebrated their one-year anniversary earlier this month.

Savage, whose real name was Randy Poffo, began his career with the World Wrestling Federation in 1985. Outside the ring, he was well known for being a spokesman for Slim Jim in the mid-to-late '90s.


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  • by Anon on May 21, 2011 at 01:31 PM
    Seen Savage wrestle Ric Flair at a WCW show in Jacksonville in 1995. Not a bad match for two old-timers. RIP- Randy "Savage" Poffo.
  • by scarry sheri on May 21, 2011 at 06:52 AM
    Love for ever Randy = Awesome
  • by charlie on May 21, 2011 at 12:20 AM
    randy savage was the one person in the early nineties that you could count on to be totally insane, much like the ultimate warrior was in the eighties. he will be missed......R.I.P. MACHO MAN!!!!!
  • by Fran on May 20, 2011 at 10:05 PM
    RIP Macho Man.
  • by Trey Location: Tallahassee on May 20, 2011 at 05:40 PM
    Those steroids will do it every time. Heart Attacks!
    • reply
      by Fran on May 21, 2011 at 09:39 AM in reply to Trey
      That was a little callous.
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 03:31 PM
    RIP Macho Man.
  • by TIR on May 20, 2011 at 03:30 PM
    Truly sad. RIP Macho Man!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 06:46 PM in reply to TIR
      What??? He's not a thug?
      • reply
        by Anonymous on May 21, 2011 at 06:57 AM in reply to
        that comment was a little uncalled for don't you think. A man just died.
        • reply
          by Anonymous on May 21, 2011 at 12:23 PM in reply to
          You must not be familiar with TIR's past comments. The man who died on a lawn mower was not a thug either, but TIR was quick to call him one.
  • by ernie Location: compton on May 20, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    now Chuck Norris can sleep at night
    • reply
      by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 06:06 PM in reply to ernie
      Chuck Norris doesn't sleep....he waits.
  • by big bird Location: sesame street on May 20, 2011 at 02:40 PM
    wtf?! my life is now devoid of all meaning... I was going to vote for him in the 2012 election.
  • by Steve on May 20, 2011 at 01:14 PM
    One of the greatest of all-time, both on the mic and in the ring. GREAT technical wrestler, with the charisma to match. R.I.P. Macho Man! I'll snap into a Slim Jim for ya!
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