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Wrestling community reacts to death of Macho Man Randy Savage

May 20, 2011 | 11:51 am

61752981 Macho Man Randy Savage, 58, the second biggest star behind Hulk Hogan in the World Wrestling Federation in the mid- to late '80s, died Friday after an automobile accident in Tampa, Fla., according to wwe.com and wrestlingobserver.com.

You can read more about Savage's death on our Ministry of Gossip blog.

The pro wrestling community reacted swiftly to the news, with WWE announcing plans to honor him at this Sunday's Over the Limit pay-per-view event, and many pro wrestlers sharing their thoughts on Savage on Facebook or Twitter.

The Rock: "RIP Randy 'Macho Man' Savage - you were one of my childhood inspirations and heros. Strength, love, and prayers to the Savage/Poffo family... Today Team Bring It will celebrate a life."

Bret Hart: "I have no words to say. This one hits me hard. We lost one of the best."

Hulk Hogan: "He had so much life in his eyes & in his spirit, I just pray that he's happy and in a better place and we miss him."

Jeff Jarrett: "Just got a call with the news. RIP Randy. I met him when I was just 11 years old. He would always teach, correct, encourage, and compliment as my career progressed. I have NEVER forgotten the intricacies and attention to detail he taught me over the years. Randy always had a method to his madness. Randy is gone, but will never be forgotten."

Jim Ross: "Just heard Macho Man died this morning of a heart attack while driving his vehicle in Tampa. Condolences to all Randy Savage fans/family."

Mick Foley: I just heard the sad news about the Macho Man. Randy Savage was one of my favorite performers, and my heart goes out to his loved ones."

MVP: The cream always rises to the top. Ohhh yeeeeah! Rest in peace, Macho Man. Thank you for everything. Peace and thoughts to the Poffo family."

Tara: "RIP Randy Savage. A true legend."

Christopher Daniels: "RIP Randy Savage, an inspiration who set the standard. As a fan, watching Randy in WrestleMania 3, 4, and 5 was incredible!"

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--Houston Mitchell

Photo: Macho Man Randy Savage. Credit: Getty Images

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