Hours after news broke that wrestling legend “Macho Man” Randy Savage died after a car accident, Hulk Hogan took to Twitter to address his former tag-team partner’s death, saying he was devastated about the news.
Hogan and Randall Mario Poffo aka “Macho Man” became wrestling partners in the late-80’s, but had a falling out in later years and went a decade without speaking, according to Hogan.
“I’m completely devastated, after over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we’ve finally started to talk and communicate,” Hogan tweeted.
Savage’s brother Lanny Poffo, told TMZ that the world champion wrestler suffered a heart attack while driving in Tampa, Florida.
He was 58.
The Florida Highway Patrol told the website that Savage was driving his Jeep Wrangler, lost control, and crashed into a tree.
His wife was also in the vehicle at the time of the accident, but survived, according to TMZ.
“He had so much life in his eyes & in his spirit,” Hogan said of the spirited wrestler. “I just pray that he’s happy and in a better place and we miss him.”
What made Savage so popular was his energy inside and outside of the ring, and was famous for screaming out “Oooohh Yeahhhh,” during wrestling telecasts.
The WWE said in a statement:
They are “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.”
Hogan also took to his Facebook page to interact with his fans about Savage’s death.
In a post he put up a picture of him and Savage together in their wrestling attire and said: “A lot of great memories, sold out arenas, talent and fun. I’m glad we got the chance to embrace the positive and leave the negative behind.”
The “Macho Man,” of course, was known for his over-the-top outfits—wearing colorful glasses and a bandana or hat on almost every occasion.
“I just pray that Randy’s happy and in a better place and we miss him,” Hogan tweeted.