Hulk Hogan Shares Photo of Dwayne Johnson's Dad Rocky & Touching Note after Attending His Funeral
On January 15, 2020, former wrestling professional and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s father, Rocky “The Soul Man” Johnson passed away. His memorial service was held on January 21, 2020, and was attended by Hulk Hogan.
Rocky died at the age of 75 after blood clots lodged in his pulmonary artery. He had his funeral last Tuesday and a number of stars attended including Hogan, Billy Graham, Pat Patterson, Harry Smith, and Vince McMahon.
After the funeral, Hogan took to social media to pay tribute to his fallen friend and former colleague. On Instagram, he shared a throwback image of Rocky and captioned it writing: "Beautiful day with beautiful people today RIP #RockyJohnson ‘Soul Man’ good friend and loyal to the end.”
“The love for Rocky will never die”
The legendary wrestler also revealed in the caption that he had a chance to tell Dwayne how “good” his father had always been to him. The star completed his post by adding: “The love 4 you Rocky will never die,RIP my brother,I will see you again love HH.”
The former professional wrestler’s funeral was by invitation-only and around 100 people were in attendance. The “Jumanji: The Next Level” actor responded to Hogan’s post by thanking him for attending the service.
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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 thanks Hogan for his attendance
He also shared how Rocky had “loved” talking about Hogan and was proud of their “brotherhood.” The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Famer began his professional wrestling career in the late 1970s.
However, Hogan only found worldwide fame when he joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1983. The star revealed that Rocky was one of the people who helped him when he started out in the sport.
Who was Rocky Johnson
After starting his career in 1964, Rocky eventually retired from professional wrestling in 1991. He made history in 1983 with Tony Atlаs when they became the first Black tag-team champions in WWE history.
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Beautiful day with beautiful people today RIP #RockyJohnson “Soul Man” good friend and loyal to the end, looking eye to eye with your son telling him how you were always good to me made the day for me.The love 4 you Rocky will never die,RIP my brother,I will see you again love HH
Pat Patterson & Vince McMahon drunk at funeral
According to Give Me Sport, Rocky’s funeral was not without a few glitches. In a now-deleted Facebook post, Graham alleged that former Intercontinental Champion Patterson swore at Rocky before being dragged from the stage.
It’s believed that Patterson and McMahon were both drunk at the service.