Famed pro wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage dies in crash

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Posted: May 20, 2011 2:14 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (Reuters) - Professional Wrestling great "Macho Man" Randy Savage died after a car crash on Friday near his home in Seminole, Florida, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Savage, whose real name was Randy Mario Poffo, appeared to have lost control of his 2009 Jeep Wrangler for unknown reasons at 9:25 a.m. local time, crash investigators said.

He drove over a concrete median into oncoming traffic lanes before crashing head-on into a tree, a crash report said.

He died of his injuries at a nearby hospital. He was 58.

The crash was not alcohol-related, officials said. The cause of death will not be confirmed until an autopsy is performed, investigators said.

Savage and his female passenger, Barbara L. Poffo, were both wearing seat belts. She suffered minor injuries.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Greg McCune)