Donnie Wahlberg from 'Blue Bloods' Paid Tribute to Dwayne Johnson's Dad Rocky with Throwback Pic of the Wrestler
Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg paid tribute to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's father in a throwback picture of the legendary wrestler, following the news of his sudden death.
"If you grew up with these two #legends, back when @wwe was known as the WWWF, then you feel this one.#RIPRocky#RIPRockyJohnson #TonyAtlas and #RockyJohnson #Salute #tbt #RIP 70s & 80s Babies ?."
The picture captured a historic moment in 1983 when the duo won a match to become WWE's first African-American World Tag Team Champions.
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Rocky Johnson, WWE Hall of Famer and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson’s dad has died. He partnered with Tony Atlas as the 'Soul Patrol’ and the duo became the first African-American World Tag Team Champions in WWE history. Paying tribute, the WWE has described Johnson as 'physically imposing and wildly charismatic.’ RIP. 📸 @therock / @wwe
As celebrities shared their tributes to honor Rocky for his contribution to the world of wrestling, Atlas shared a heartfelt message to his former teammate, he tweeted:
"We changed wrestling by paving a new path, knocking down doors while showing what movin' n groovin' is all about! It takes two and I never would've done it without you. It showed me alot (sic) while learning more. I pray for [The Rock] and his family, I'm so sorry for your loss."
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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 🐐
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, shared his own tribute for his father. In an eight-minute video he opened up about his grief and revealed that Rocky died suddenly from a heart attack.
He said his father's heart attack was caused by a blood clot that broke free and travelled up his body, and into his lung where it clotted and killed him.
He also added that after doing an autopsy, the doctors confirmed with him that Rocky did not suffer any pain, and the clot led to a quick heart attack.
Dwayne shared his sadness over the fact that he didn't get to say goodbye to him, and told his followers that he had hoped to give one last hug and kiss.
As Dwayne works on writing his father's eulogy, he said the family are preparing to lay Rocky to rest on Tuesday.