Macho Man Randy Savage Dies: Twitter Responds

    May 20, 2011
    Josh Wolford

Today is indeed a sad day for wrestling fans as Randy Poffo, aka “Macho Man” Randy Savage died earlier this morning in a car accident.

He apparently suffered a heart attack behind the wheel, veered off the road and struck a tree. It’s unclear what actually killed him, the heart attack or the collision. He was driving a 2009 Jeep Wrangler with his wife, Lynn, in the passenger seat. She suffered only minor injuries. Police say that they were both wearing seatbelts and that alcohol wasn’t a factor. He was 58 years old. For more check out his page on Famous Dead.

TMZ has acquired a statement from WWE’s Vince McMahon about the tragedy:

WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of one of the greatest Superstars of his time, Randy Poffo, aka Randy “Macho Man” Savage.

Poffo was under contract with WWE from 1985 to 1993 and held both the WWE and Intercontinental Championships.

Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends. We wish a speedy recovery to his wife Lynn. Poffo will be greatly missed by WWE and his fans.

Five of the top ten trending topics on Twitter have to do with the death of Macho Man. #ripmachoman, Slim Jim, Savage, Wrestlemania and lastly Hulk Hogan. The latter is trending due to his tweets about the death of his longtime friend, who he had just begun to reconnect with after a decade of separation:

I’m completely devastated, after over 10 years of not talking with Randy,
we’ve finally started to talk and communicate. HH 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Here is how the wrestling community is responding on Twitter:

CeNation. The untimely passing of randy savage is indeed tragic. All true fans of wrestling will mourn this loss. One of the all time greats 1 hour ago via TweetCaster · powered by @socialditto

The lord giveth…and the lord taketh away…….just remember..god always has a plan, even if u do not 1 hour ago via twidroyd · powered by @socialditto

Sad 2 hear about “Macho Man”Randy Savage..Only met him once briefly.No doubt 1 of the best & influenced so many performers you see today RIP 1 hour ago via Tweetings · powered by @socialditto

RIP – ” MACHO MAN ” RANDY SAVAGE. :-( 2 hours ago via Twitter for Android · powered by @socialditto

@IAmJericho jus txt me the news. We’ve lost one of the greats!! Our prayers go out to the family & friends of Randy Savage. 1 hour ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® · powered by @socialditto

To SAD TO TWEET.. 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Just heard Macho Man died this morning of a heart attack while driving his vehicle in Tampa. Condolences to all Randy Savage fans/family. 1 hour ago via txt · powered by @socialditto

RIP Randy “Macho Man” Savage – you were one of my childhood inspirations and heros. Strength, love and prayers to the Savage/Poffo family. 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Here’s a couple of top tweets from the rest of the Twitterverse:

ME: “Macho Man Randy Savage died today, Mom” MOM: “Whatcha gonna do, brother?” ME: “Thats Hulk Hogan..” MOM: “Ohhhh yeahhhh” 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

If you’re going to a gas station or store today, make sure you grab a Slim Jim in honor of Macho Man. 1 hour ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Father Savage Kicked-Ass!!! Saw him n THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR in a retirement match at Wrestlemania.GOD BLESS✞TBLO✞ 1 hour ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto

Everyone out there, flying elbow drop your little brothers in honor of Macho Man. And can we all get a OOHHHHH YEEEAAAHHHHH!!!

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Josh Wolford
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