Randall Poffo aka Randy “Macho Man” Savage, a true professional wrestling superstar, died today following a car accident. TMZ reported that, according to Lanny Poffo [Savage’s brother and a former wrestling superstar in his own right], Savage had a heart attack that led to him losing control of his vehicle and crashing. Savage’s wife, who was traveling with him survived with minor injuries.
Randall Poffo was a true athlete. He almost had a career as a professional baseball player, but luckily for fans of professional wrestling, opted to follow in his father, Angelo Poffo’s footsteps. Rather than use his father’s famous name, Randall opted to take on the persona of Randy “Macho Man” Savage. His success is evidenced by the fact that both professional wrestling fans and those who hate the sport, all know The Macho Man. Randall was one of the first superstars to cross-over to the main media and could be seen in movies, tv shows and commercials.
I had the great fortune to meet and spend some time with his brother, Lanny Poffo [a professional wrestling superstar in his own right], Lanny shared some stories and history with me, but what I remember most from talking with him (other than what a truly decent human being he is) was his love for his father and brother. Lanny made sure to tell me what a great man he thought Randall was and not because of the things that he did in the ring, but more importantly because of the things that Randall did outside of the ring that no one knew about. I was truly touched.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fans of Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Lanny Poffo.