(WKBW) It was a day of shock and sadness for wrestling fans on Friday. "Macho Man" Randy Savage, considered one of the most famous wrestlers of all time, died in a car crash in Florida.
Initial reports say that Savage, whose real name is Randall Mario Poffo, may have had a heart attack before crashing into a tree. The actual cause of death won't be known until an autopsy is performed.
Savage was 58. He was famous for his flamboyant style and catch phrase "Oh Yeah!"
And while the Macho Man was winning championships and jumping off the top rope, he was also making his mark in Buffalo.
"He was just a true great person, with a great heart, and a great love for professional wrestling, as well as the community. And he knew the responsibility that went along with that, to help out the less fortunate. And he did that with the Illio DiPaolo Scholarship Fund and especially with Children's Hospital," friend of the Macho Man and restaurant owner Dennis DiPaolo said.
The Macho Man made many appearances in Buffalo during his wrestling career. He signed autographs to thousands of people at his appearances, and took part in the "Legends of Wrestling" events put on by Illio DiPaolo's restaurant. Savage also made several visits to Children's Hospital, was very involved in the community, and helped fund a local scholarship to high school wrestlers.
"He always had that 'Oh Yeah' and people would go nuts for it, and he knew how to bring the community together. And that his job was to make sure that every person that came to his events left entertained. And the good that came from that, he knew the deal," DiPaolo said.
"Macho Man" was a frequent guest on Channel 7's "AM/Buffalo" in the 80's and early 90's.
One of the most memorable Buffalo connections for the Macho Man was in the early nineties when he wrestled, and was beaten by, Bills quarterback and current Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.
DiPaolo also said he has been in contact with many in the local wrestling community, all of which are shocked and saddened by the passing of a great wrestler, and an even better man.