June 1, 2011
Randy Savage was one of the most popular professional wrestlers in the
1980s and into the 1990s. Randy Savage had something that professional
wrestling was still very new to when he arrived on the scene: extreme
personality. Today, there are many over the top characters found in the
world of professional wrestling,
but Savage was an original. His superior athletic ability, work ethic, and
uniqueness brought this 7 time world champion a tremendous amount of success at work.
Savage after wrestling.
You might remember
Randy Savage from his years as a spokesman for
snack foods in the 1990s. He tied his famous "ooooo yeah!" catch phrase into
the ads. In 2002 Randy Savage was cast in the Spider Man movie as the
wrestler Bonesaw McGraw. He played himself in Ready to Rumble and was
voice of "The Thug", in the movie Bolt.
Tragically, on May 20, 2011
Randy Savage apparently had a heart attack while
driving his Jeep Wrangler in Florida while accompanied by his wife. From Wikipedia: "On the morning of May 20, 2011,
(born Randall Poffo) died in a single vehicle automobile accident while
driving on a street in Seminole, Florida, a town on the Pinellas County
side of the Tampa Bay area. He was 58 years old. It was suspected he
may have had a heart attack, which led to his losing control of the
vehicle and crashing into a tree. His wife Lynn was also in the automobile
but received only minor injuries. This report was later confirmed by
Savage's brother, Lanny Poffo."
Taking care of a deceased family member's personal affairs.
Many families are caught off guard when a loved one dies so suddenly.
After the family member's death there are still issues that need to be
taken care of. Finances, insurance, and legal matters are among those
Randy Savage was 58 years old when he died so he would not have
been collecting age related social security benefits. However, most people
are not aware that regardless of a spouses age, the family may be entitled
to what the Social Security Administration calls a "one time death
One-time death payment from the Social Security Administration
A one-time payment of $255.00 can be paid to the surviving spouse if he or
she was living with the deceased; or, if living apart, was receiving
certain Social Security benefits on the deceased's record. If there is no
surviving spouse, the payment is made to a child who is eligible for
benefits on the deceased's record in the month of death. http://ssa.gov/pubs/10084.html