Randy Poffo, better known as legendary wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage, died while driving earlier this morning, having lost control of his Jeep Wrangler during a heart attack. Savage’s wife Lynn—who married him just over a year ago—was also in the car, but reportedly only received minor injuries. Savage wrestled professionally for over 30 years, making his debut as The Spider-Fiend in 1973 before joining the WWF as Savage in 1985. Randy left for the WCW in 1994, having won two championship s and the title of King Of The Ring in 1987. Savage continued to wrestle until retiring in late 2004.
On top of his wrestling career, Savage was known for his career as a Slim Jim pitchman and numerous voice and live-action acting roles, the most famous arguably being wrestler Bonesaw McGraw in 2002’s Spider-Man. In 2003 he released the rap album Be A Man. Hear the title track and check out classic clips of Macho Man after the jump.
Though “Be A Man” is nothing but disses on Hulk Hogan, the wrestler tweeted that he and Savage had reestablished communication for the first time in a decade before Randy’s tragic death. “We miss him a lot. I feel horrible about the ten years of having no communication. This was a tough one.”
The below clip of Macho Man being interviewed by Mean Gene on a WWF program should give newbies a sense of why he became so popular.
Here’s a clip of Hulk and Macho Man—the Mega Powers—getting psyched for Summer Slam ’88.
We’ll miss you, Randy.
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