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'Macho Man' Randy Savage Dead; WCW Champ Had Atlanta Connections, As All Wrestlers Do

Pro wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage, whose real name was Randall Mario Poffo, died in Tampa, Florida after suffering a heart attack while behind the wheel of his Jeep Wrangler Friday morning. Though he'll mostly be remembered for his WWF career, he had a significant run in Atlanta's World Championship Wrestling during that company's height, including his becoming a member of the nWo.

One of his last public appearances was in February, at an Atlanta Braves spring training game.

Augusta native Hulk Hogan was Savage's Mega Powers tag team partner in the late-1980s. The two frequently interfered in each other's matches, such as when Hogan aided Savage's WrestleMania VI WWF Championship victory. They ended up feuding with each other, of course, eventually reuniting in the WCW and again as nWo members. After learning of Savage's death, Hogan has tweeted that he misses his former partner and wishes they hadn't gone 10 years without speaking.

Before joining the WWF, Savage wrestled in territorial federations that put on shows Southeastern states, including Georgia. 

Savage's in-character manager and real-life wife, Elizabeth Hulette, died of a drug overdose in 2003 at the Marietta home of Savage's former partner Lex Luger. Savage has said he never held her life choices or passing against Luger. 

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.