Dwayne Johnson Opens up about Dad Rocky's Death and Reveals He Died of a Heart Attack

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson addresses his dad's death, revealing its cause as a "massive" heart attack. The former wrestler also revealed that his dad died "very quickly."

In an emotional video that he posted last Sunday, the 47-year-old actor thanked his fans and followers for the love and support they've given him and the rest of the family during this difficult time. 

“Hey everybody I just wanted to stop in on this very blessed Sunday to say thank you so much. Thank you. My heart is so full of gratitude. You’ve lifted my spirits in ways that I hope you can imagine."

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at a movie premiere with his parents | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at a movie premiere with his parents | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine


According to Dwayne, he lost his father "just like that," not even getting a chance to say goodbye to him as he suddenly had a heart attack.

“I’d give anything right now to give him a big ole hug and a big ole kiss before he crossed over and just say thank you and I love you and I respect you. But I didn’t get a chance to say that, but such is life, as many of you know.”


It turns out, on Tuesday, his dad Rocky suffered from an infection called deep vein thrombosis, which is a clot in the leg. Unfortunately, the clot broke free and traveled up his body until it clotted his lung. 

"It was a big ole blood clot that broke free, traveled up his body, and went right to his lung, clotted his lung and he died very quickly from a massive heart attack, just like that."


In the end, Johnson encouraged his family, friends, loved ones and fans to make the most of the time they have with their loved ones and hug them while they still can. 

Rocky Johnson, known as the "Soulman," passed away at age 75. He was a WWE Hall-of-Famer, and the proud dad of one of the biggest stars in the world. 

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I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world. I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar. The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am. The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deeply complicated sides that needed to be held and understood. Son to father. Man to man. That’s when my adoration turned to respect. And my empathy turned to gratitude. Grateful that you gave me life. Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons. Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high. #ripsoulman #rockyjohnson 🐐

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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. 

Rest In Peace, Rocky Johnson. 

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