The World Wrestling Federation (WWF) fighter, also known as Macho Man, was driving in Tampa with his wife Lynn on Friday (20May11) when he suffered a heart attack at the wheel. He lost control of the vehicle and smashed into a tree.
Savage was admitted to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead. His wife, who was in the passenger’s seat, escaped with only minor injuries, according to TMZ.com.
Professional wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has led the tributes to the late star, real name Randall Mario Poffo.
Taking to his Twitter.com account, Johnson writes, “RIP Randy “Macho Man” Savage – you were one of my childhood inspirations and heros (sic). Strength, love and prayers to the Savage/Poffo family.”
An investigation into the accident has been launched by Florida police.