Celebrity deaths in 2012 - In Memoriam

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148 of 186: Wrestling legend Randy Savage, also known as Macho Man, died in a car crash in Florida on Friday, May 20. He was 58.

Several of his former colleagues and on-screen rivals, including Hulk Hogan, expressed their condolences online. Savage's brother, former wrestler 'Leaping' Lanny Poffo posted a memorial message and photo on his website.

Savage, whose real name is Randy Poffo, lost control of the 2009 Jeep Wrangler he was driving, veered over the raised concrete median divider, crossed over the eastbound lanes and collided head-on with a tree, according to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. His wife Barbara Lynn Poffo, 56, was a passenger and suffered minor injuries.

Police say Savage may have suffered a 'medical event' before the accident. A police spokesperson said in a statement that an official cause of death will be issued by the county medical examiner following an autopsy.

Savage has no children. He married longtime girlfriend Lynn Payne in May 2010. He was previously married to his manager, Elizabeth Hulette, from 1984 to 1992. Hulette died in 2003 from an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs.

Savage, an Ohio native, rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s, when he began competing in the World Wrestling Federation, World Championship Wrestling and later, the WWE. Savage held some 20 championships during his career and his signature wrestling move was the "Elbow drop off the top rope". He was trained by his father, Angelo, who was also a wrestler.

(Pictured: Pictured: Randy Savage appears in an undated photo posted on his Facebook page on April 14, 2009. / Randy Savage appears in a 2011 promo for the THQ video game 'WWE All Stars.') (facebook.com/machomanrandysavage / WWE Games)