Barbara Lynn Payne, who was Randy Savage’s wife at the time, was with him in the car on the morning of May 20, 2011, when the accident occurred.
Following a sudden heart attack while driving with his wife in Seminole, Florida, Savage became unresponsive and lost control of his Jeep Wrangler, crashing into a tree.
Initial reports of Savage’s death indicated that he had been killed in the collision, when actually he and his wife had been wearing seatbelts and suffered only minor physical injuries in the crash.
An autopsy performed by the medical examiner’s office found that he had an enlarged heart and advanced coronary artery disease (more than 90% narrowed).
The drugs found in his system included a prescription painkiller and a small amount of alcohol.
Savage had never been treated for heart problems and there was no evidence that he was aware of his heart condition. The cause of death was officially ruled as atherosclerotic heart disease.
Savage was cremated, and his ashes were placed under a favorite tree on his property in Largo, Florida, near his mother’s development.