WWE Hall of Fame member Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, died Wednesday. He was 75 years old.
WWE issued a statement with the news, saying the company is “sad” about Johnson’s death and offering his condolences to his family.
Johnson spent most of his career in the National Wrestling Alliance, winning several championships and emerging as a tag team specialist. He joined WWE in 1983 and won the tag team championship with Tony Atlas, becoming the first black tag team champion in WWE history.
After his retirement from the competition within the ring, Johnson worked as a coach, especially with his son, The Rock. After the debut in The Rock’s ring, Johnson made an appearance on WrestleMania 13 to interfere on behalf of his son in his victory over The Sultan.
The Rock would become one of the most eclectic figures in WWE history before leaving the company and becoming the world’s highest grossing actor.
Johnson was included in the WWE Hall of Fame alongside “High Chief “Peter Maivia by The Rock in 2008. He is survived by The Rock and his other son, Curtis, and his daughter, Wanda.