On This Day: "Macho Man" Randy Savage dies

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Published: May. 20, 2016 at 11:43 AM EDT
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Friday marks the five-year anniversary of Randy "Macho Man" Savage's death.

Born Randy Poffo, the professional wrestler was known for his iconic voice, signature elbow drop and an innate ability to excite the crowds he performed for.

Poffo died after having a heart attack while driving. His wife was with him at the time, but survived the crash.

Savage may have been one of the most imitated professional wrestlers to ever enter the squared circle. His "Oh yeah!" catchphrase and deep, raspy voice were broadcast to wrestling fans and the general public as he became the face of the Slim Jim brand, starring in their commercials for years.

Savage was not only known for his voice and gimmick: he was a world-class performer in the ring. From humble beginnings wrestling at the A.B. Combs gymnasium in Combs, Kentucky for a few hundred people on weekends, Savage would climb his way to world championships in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling.

Savage wrestled for WWF until 1994, by that time the company was only using him on a part-time basis as a wrestler while also providing commentary.

World Wrestling Entertainment, formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation, released a statement following Poffo's death.

"Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends. We wish a speedy recovery to his wife Lynn," WWE said.

Savage did not make amends with the company where he gained worldwide fame before he died. At the time of his death in 2011, Savage was noticeably absent from the WWE Hall of Fame. The void continued until 2015 when he was inducted by his brother Lanny Poffo.

"It's time for us to heal. In triumphant jubilation, we celebrate his name. Finally, the Macho Man is in the Hall of Fame," Lanny Poffo said as he ended his induction speech to chants of his late brother's name.

Savage was a two-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion, a four-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, a one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion and the 1987 King of the Ring.

The cream rises to the top, and Poffo was truly the cream of the crop.