Lanny Poffo has died at 68
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 452
Lanny Poffo, better known in the world of professional wrestling as "The Genius", sadly passed away at the age of 68, news that reached us through the legend "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan who wrote on social media: "With the heart filled with sadness, I was asked to let everyone know of the passing of our friend and colleague Lanny Poffo, The Genius.
RIP Lanny”. Lanny Poffo was the son of Angelo Poffo as well as the brother of the famous wrestler who became legend, "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Poffo made his debut in 1974, wrestling for the All-South Wrestling Alliance.
Soon after, he continued his career in various other realities such as the legendary National Wrestling Alliance, the Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling, the Mid-South Wrestling, the Continental Wrestling Association, and others.
He then joined WWE in 1985 as "Leaping Lanny" before playing the aforementioned "The Genius" in the late 1980s. Poffo signed with WCW in 1995, but wrestled in only one match. Since 2005, he has started then to wrestle for various independent realities, wrestling his last match in January 2020, so recently, in the meantime he had also made the speech for the WWE Hall Of Fame on behalf of his brother.
Lanny Poffo is dead
On its website, WWE wrote the following message: “WWE is sad to learn that Lanny Poffo, best known to sports-entertainment fans as The Genius, has passed away at 68 years of age. The son of Angelo Poffo and younger brother of "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Lanny Poffo had a style all his own.
Lanny Poffo belonged to a gifted wrestling family – he was the younger brother of the legendary "Macho Man" Randy Savage. In fact, Lanny inducted the Macho Man in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015. Arriving in WWE in 1985 alongside his brother, "Leaping" Lanny Poffo was one of the first high-flyers in WWE.
While he achieved some success as a fan favorite by reading his poems and throwing Frisbees at crowds, he reached new heights as The Genius, while managing Mr. Perfect. WWE extends its condolences to Poffo's family, friends and fans." We at World Wrestling also obviously join in offering our condolences to the family, friends and fans of the deceased wrestler.
WWE color commentator Byron Saxton shared a heartfelt message as wrestling legend Lanny Poffo passed away at 68. "I randomly met Lanny Poffo at the airport a few years ago. To my surprise, we actually spent a considerable amount of time conversing about a variety of topics.
Mr. Poffo could not have been any nicer or more personable. I'm truly saddened to hear of his passing. #LannyPoffo," Saxton wrote.