Macho Man Randy Savage died from heart disease

Jul 13, 2011

Heart disease killed Macho Man

In a shocking turn of events, the autopsy of famous wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage revealed that the car crash he was in on May 20th was not the cause of his death, according to CBS. The report found that Savage died from heart disease, not from hitting a tree in his Jeep Wrangler. It was unclear if Savage had life insurance at the time of his death.

Investigators have said that the ex-wrestler just so happened to be driving when he had a cardiac event. While Savage may have had a heart attack, he also might have had some type of arrhythmia, or his heart could have simply stopped beating, the media outlet reports. The autopsy did not show evidence of a heart attack because he died right away, but he did have more than 90 percent blockage in his arteries, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. It is usually caused by atherosclerosis, which occurs when fatty material forms a plaque build-up on the arteries, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Savage had traces of alcohol and hydrocodone in his system, but experts believe they did not contribute to the crash. 

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