2:11pm

Fri May 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Pro Wrestler 'Macho Man' Randy Savage Has Died

Fox News says it has confirmed that pro wrestling superstar "Macho Man" Randy Savage "died after having a heart attack while driving his Jeep Wrangler," in Tampa Bay.

The local Bay News 9 adds that:

"According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Savage was driving west on Park Boulevard near 113th Street North when his 2009 Jeep Wrangler went out of control just before 9:30 a.m.

"The vehicle went over the raised median in the road, crossed the eastbound lanes, jumped the curb and smashed head on into a tree. Savage was taken to Largo Medical Center where he later died."

The news was broken over at TMZ.com.

As Fox says:

"Savage helped put WWF wrestling on the map in the 1980s and '90s, becoming, along with Hulk Hogan, one of its biggest draws. His outrageous outfits and bellowing voice made him a fan favorite."

His WWE Superstar bio says no wrestler was ever "more colorful. ... His style — perfectly punctuated by his entrance music, Pomp and Circumstance — has only been outshined by his performance in the ring, which helped him to capture two WWE Championships, two World Heavyweight Championships, and a 14-month reign as Intercontinental Champion."

Bay News 9 says he "began wrestling in the World Wrestling Federation in 1985 ... [and] starred as a wrestler for over two decades on the WWE, WCW and TNA wrestling programs. ... He became a superstar for his exploits in the ring, his trademark catchphrase 'Ooooooh Yeaahhhhh.' He was also well known for his Slim Jim commercial."

"Macho Man" (born Randy Poffo) was also known for his feuds with Hogan, Ric Flair, Andre the Giant and others. He was 58. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.