'Macho Man' Randy Savage's mom shares memories

5:37 PM, May 23, 2011   |    comments
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A recent picture of "Macho Man" Randy Savage, with his wife Barbara Lynn.

SEMINOLE, Florida -- Randy Savage's 84-year-old mother was kind and gracious as she shared memories and photos of her son with 10 News.

To Judith Poffo,  the "Macho Man" was one of two fantastic sons, who'd checked on her well-being every morning.

She was already missing that.

Judith says she and her late husband Angelo would tell each other they didn't know what they'd done right as parents, but had raised two great boys.

"He wasn't pushy," Poffo said of her son, "He was inspirational."

Judith recalls how, in the early days, Randy and his brother Lanny would wrestle side-by-side, following in their dad's footsteps.

"This is Randy and Lanny together," she says proudly - pointing to a picture of the two with long hair and mustaches. But before that, Randy had played minor league baseball for four years. She still has the photos of him in uniform.

This past weekend at Yankee Stadium, they put a tribute to the Macho Man on the stadium's big screen.

Judith says Lanny called here, saying "Thank goodness, he'd finally made it to the majors."

For now, the investigation into just what killed Randy Savage continues. The initial autopsy from the accident that took his life was inconclusive. Toxicology results could take weeks.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Savage suffered a "medical event" before his crash. Despite the impact, the initial autopsy did not reveal any extensive trauma.

Judith says Randy's loving wife Barbara Lynn -- who was a passenger in the Jeep Wrangler when it struck a tree -- suffered a serious cut on her forehead. She's expected to be OK, but after 37 years of friendship, 10-years of dating and a year of marriage to Randy, Barbara Lynn, says Judith, is emotionally crushed.

Randy had told his mother just recently that "it was the best year he ever had."

As for final arrangements, Savage's family has chosen to mourn privately, forgoing any public memorial service for his fans.

Savage's mom says despite the 58-year-old's larger than life presence,  he was a private man who'd made it clear he'd never have wanted a big public turnout.

For now, a growing memorial at the site of Savage's accident in Seminole remains, perhaps, the best way for local fans and friends to convey their respects.

A small private funeral is planned, with only his closet friends and relatives in attendance. 

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