Legendary US Wrestler Killed In Car Crash

The wrestling world is in mourning after legendary star Randy Savage died following a car crash near his home in Florida.

The popular 58-year-old, who was known as 'Macho Man' in the ring, rose to fame in the 1980s and was twice crowned world heavyweight champion.

Florida Highway Patrol crash investigators said he appeared to have lost control of his 2009 Jeep Wrangler for unknown reasons at 9.25am local time.

Reports suggest the star drove over a concrete central reservation into oncoming traffic lanes before crashing head-on into a tree, close to his home in Seminole.

He died of his injuries at a nearby hospital and the crash was not alcohol-related, officials said.

The cause of death will not be confirmed until a post-mortem is carried out.

Savage and his wife, Barbara Poffo, who was with him in the car, were both wearing seat belts.

His 56-year-old partner suffered minor injuries and was assessed at a nearby hospital.

Under contract with the WWE from 1985 to 1993, Savage, born Randall Mario Poffo, was known for both his colourful style and success in the ring.

He clinched two WWE championships, two world heavyweight championships and held a 14-month reign as intercontinental champion, according to a biography on the WWE website.

A statement posted on the WWE site read: "WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of one of the greatest superstars of his time.

"Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends."