Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's Father, Rocky, Has Died at 75

WWE Hall-of-Famer and the father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has passed away at age 75. Rocky Johnson, known as the "Soul Man," retired from the ring to train his son Dwayne, who would turn out to be one of the biggest stars in the world. 

Rocky Johnson was a WWE pioneer and the proud father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He passed away on Wednesday while living in the Tampa Bay area, and the official WWE website confirmed his death. 

Dwayne Johnson just gifted his dad a new home last year, to thank him for everything he had done for him.

Dwayne Johnson at the "Jumanji" movie premiere | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

Dwayne Johnson at the "Jumanji" movie premiere | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

LOOKING BACK AT ROCKY'S CAREER

Rocky "Soul Man" Johnson began wrestling in the National Wrestling Alliance in the 1960s, until finding fame as a wrestler in the WWE in the 1980s. He and Tony Atlas became the very first African-American tag team champions at The Soul Patrol. 

After retiring in 1991, he trained his son Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to take after him, ultimately making him one of the biggest names in WWE history and in entertainment history as well. 

PASSING ON THE TORCH

Thanks to his contributions to the sport, Johnson was inducted into the WWE Hall-of-Fame in 2008.

His son "The Rock" took on his famous wrestling moniker, and he's been giving it justice with the success and fame he's reached in the past couple of years. 

DWAYNE'S LAST GIFT TO HIS DAD

Dwayne Johnson just gifted his dad a new home last year, to thank him for everything he had done for him. At the time, the actor decided to call his father up to think of a place to retire in, as he was speechless during the call. 

After a couple of weeks, Rocky made his choice to look for properties in North Florida, as he's always been "a Florida boy." Indeed, he remained a Florida boy until his last day on Earth, and he will be remembered for that and a whole lot more. 

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Great chat with my old man. Felt good to my cold 🖤 to hear him express his love. He’s a weathered soul and like all weathered souls, there’s often a harsh storied path that got them there. Well for my pops that path started at 13yrs old when his mom kicked him out of his house on Christmas day and forced him to live on the streets (very true and fucked up story) so his reality of compassion and love was forged thru pain and toughness. He raised me with that tough physical love and used to beat my ass in the gyms and on wrestling mats. I hated it then as a little boy, but grateful for it today as a man. It’s shaped my DNA and helped inform how I raise my own babies (minus the ass kickings;) but always instilling the value of hard work and discipline. For that I’m grateful and this one felt good. Crazy how full circle life can come. Enjoy your new house pop - what a storied path and thanks for the ass kickings 😉💪🏾🏠 #weathered

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Rest In Peace, Rocky Johnson. 

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