[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
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.
[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.
(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.