On Thursday, the Florida Highway Patrol reported that a medical examiner’s autopsy of former professional wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage revealed he died of natural causes due to heart disease.
The 58-year-old “may have suffered a medical event,” as stated in a Highway Patrol report following the car accident on May 20, the day he passed; the autopsy supported this.
Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, which causes arterial wall thickening and can result in heart attacks or sudden cardiac death, was the cause of death.
According to a toxicology report, the person had acetaminophen, caffeine, dihydrocodeine, doxylamine, doxylamine metabolite(s), and hydrocodone in addition to a blood alcohol level of 0.03 grams per deciliter, said Highway Patrol Sgt. 1st Class Steve Gaskins. Regarding the toxicological findings, he made no more comments.
The traffic homicide report will contain the autopsy report, according to Gaskins, and it “should be released in the next few weeks.”
In the early hours of May 20, Savage, a resident of Seminole, Florida, lost control of his Jeep while traveling on Florida State Road 694 in Pinellas County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the car jumped a median and “collided head-on with a tree.” At Largo Medical Center, he passed away.
His 56-year-old wife, Barbara Lynn Poffo, who was in the passenger seat, was hospitalized for a short time due to minor injuries.
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.”
Real name Ralph Mario Poffo, Savage became incredibly well-known during his time in the WWE in the 1980s and early 1990s for his outrageous cowboy hats, sunglasses, and coats and his growling catchphrases like “Ooooooh Yeaahhhhh!” and “Can you dig it?” The wrestling organization referred to him as “one of the greatest superstars of his time” following his passing.
After leaving the ring, he used his distinctive energy in TV advertising for Slim Jim beef jerky sticks.
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Pro Wrestler ‘Macho Man Randy Savage Has Died
The pro wrestling legend “Macho Man” Randy Savage “died after having a heart attack while driving his Jeep Wrangler,” according to Fox News, in the Tampa Bay area.
“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.”
Randy Poffo, also known as “Macho Man,” was famed for his fights with Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Andre the Giant, and other wrestlers. He was 58.