Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s father, Rocky Johnson, died at 75

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s father, Rocky Johnson, died at 75.

WWE confirmed the sad news of Rocky’s death today.

“WWE is sad to learn that Rocky ‘Soul Man’ Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), member of the WWE Hall of Fame, former world champion of couples and father of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, passed away at 75 years”. The organization posted on Twitter.

Rocky was known as the first WWE African American Team World Champion when he defeated The Wild Samoans on December 10, 1983.

He retired from wrestling in 1991, and received the greatest honor when Dwayne joined him in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.

Rocky Johnson attends “Unite in the Fight … to Knockout Bullying” at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York on October 20, 2011 in New York City. (Getty)

Dwayne recently posted a video on Instagram where he talked fondly about his father and his plans to buy him a house.

“I called my dad and said, ‘Look, you’re probably happy where you are but I want to do something for you. I want to buy you a new house, wherever you want to live, you can live,'” Dwayne shared. Instagram on March 2, 2019.

“My dad is a tough old-school guy, I said, ‘Why the hell are you nervous?’ And he said, “Well,” I was looking for words. “No one called me to tell me they were going to buy me a house before and the fact that we are you, is my son, I am very proud of you and me. I love you very much. . ‘”

The Rock and Rocky Johnson
The Rock, Rocky Johnson and Ata Maivia. (FilmMagic)

Tributes from the WWE community have been arriving with numerous members sharing their most sincere condolences.

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