DWAYNE ‘THE ROCK’ JOHNSON’s father, Rocky Johnson, died at 75.
Rocky was a great wrestling star in his own right and earned a place in the WWE Hall of Fame.
His cause of death is hitherto unknown.
Johnson, born Wayde Douglas Bowles, began his career in the 1960s and after a season in the World Wide Wrestling Federation became one of the main contenders in the National Wrestling Alliance.
There, he won numerous regional championships and couples championships.
With his partner Tony Atlas, Johnson was part of the first blag tag team to win a world championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE).
A statement on the WWE website said: “WWE is sad to learn that Rocky ‘Soul Man’ Johnson, a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, former world champion of couples and father of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson died at age 75.
“In 2008, Johnson achieved the highest honor in sports entertainment when he was inducted by The Rock to the WWE Hall of Fame, where he will be consecrated forever as one of the most influential artists in sports entertainment.
“WWE extends its condolences to Johnson’s family, friends and fans.”
After retiring in 1991, Johnson trained his son Dwayne to fight.
The Rock became one of the most beloved and best fighters in history, before becoming a great Hollywood star.
At the beginning of The Rock’s career, Johnson would appear with his son and help him in the games.
The couple is part of the famous family tree Samoan Anoa’i, which has produced dozens of fighters, including Roman Reigns, Yokozuna, Rikishi and The Usos, over the years.
The tributes have come from the world of wrestling after the death of Rocky.
Former world champion Mick Foley wrote: “I am very sorry to hear the death of the great Rocky Johnson.
“Always a gentleman, I always enjoyed talking to him.
“My deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans who loved him. A very sad day for wrestling.”
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TAZ added: “Very sad to hear the death of a legend of our business in Rocky Johnson.
“My most sincere condolences and prayers to Rocky’s family and fans.”
Booker T wrote: “One of the best to do it.”
The Rock has not yet commented.