Rocky Johnson, a former professional wrestler and the father of wrestler-turned-Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson, passed away aged 75 on January 16. His manager had confirmed the news to the outlet but did not share details on the cause of death. Actor Dwayne Johnson has now taken to Instagram to share an emotional post after his father's demise. The Jumanji: The Next Level star shared an old video of his father from his wrestling tournament and wrote, "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." In his post, Johnson also wrote about going through a tough time as he said "Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass." Rocky Johnson Demise: Dwayne Johnson’s Father Passes Away at 75.
Johnson wrote, "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." Johnson's father was a WWE Tag Team Champion and WWE Hall of Famer. Rocky Johnson was referred to as "The 'Soul Man'" with the National Wrestling Alliance before becoming an athlete with the WWE, formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation, in 1983, according to the wrestling league's statement. ‘The Rock’ Dwayne Johnson Retires From WWE: Relive Five Best Matches of The Wrestling Legend From The Ring (Watch Videos).
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Post-retirement, Johnson had a hand in training his son, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. The Rock inducted his father into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008. The WWE released a statement earlier expressing the company's condolences to Rocky Johnson's family.