Tributes have been paid to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s father and former professional wrestler Rocky Johnson following his loss of life aged 75.
Johnson, who was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, was a trailblazer within the ring and was the primary African-American WWE tag workforce champion.
He was often known as “Soul Man” and retired in 1991, along with his son Dwayne persevering with his wrestling legacy earlier than changing into a serious Hollywood star.
Dwayne, who’s famously known as “The Rock” and is now a Hollywood actor, inducted his father into the WWE Corridor of Fame in 2008.
No reason for loss of life was given.
In an announcement asserting his loss of life, WWE stated it “extends its condolences to Johnson’s household, associates and followers”.
Following the information, followers and figures from the wrestling world have paid tribute.
Actor and retired professional wrestler Mick Foley tweeted: “I’m so sorry to listen to of the passing of the good Rocky Johnson. At all times a gentleman, I all the time loved speaking with him. My deepest condolences to his household, associates, and the followers who beloved him. A really unhappy day for wrestling.”
Matt Hardy, who wrestled alongside his brother Jeff because the Hardy Boyz, wrote: “Saddened to listen to in regards to the passing of Rocky Johnson. Rocky was all the time extraordinarily pleasant and type to me each time I interacted with him through the years. My condolences and ideas exit to his household.”
Horrible information to cross alongside. We simply discovered that Rocky Johnson handed away right now on the age of 75. His accolades on this enterprise, all of the folks he influenced, all his accomplishments, and we’re so deeply sorry and want his household nothing however essentially the most love at the moment pic.twitter.com/3AvzVwylPH
— CauliflowerAlleyClub (@CACReunion) January 15, 2020
American professional wrestler Dana Brooke added: “My coronary heart goes out to the household of @TheRock and should prayers be despatched your approach throughout this time! I’m sorry in your loss!”
Johnson started his profession as a professional wrestler in 1964 in South Ontario, and shortly after legally modified his title to his “Rocky Johnson” moniker.
Horrible information breaking tonight. WWE Corridor of Famer Rocky Johnson, father of @TheRock, has sadly handed away, aged 75.
Alongside Tony Atlas, Johnson was one half of the primary ever black WWF tag workforce champions.
Our ideas and prayers are along with his household. Relaxation In Energy, Rocky 🙏 pic.twitter.com/tnplMM5AwW
— Wrestling Journey (@WrestlingTravel) January 15, 2020
I’m so sorry to listen to of the passing of the good Rocky Johnson. At all times a gentleman, I all the time loved speaking with him. My deepest condolences to his household, associates, and the followers who beloved him. A really unhappy day for wrestling.#RIPRockyJohnson pic.twitter.com/4agKbOzAry
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) January 15, 2020
He was recruited by the World Wrestling Federation the place he feuded with the likes of Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Don Muraco and Adrian Adonis.
He additionally loved success when he teamed up with Tony Atlas as The Soul Patrol, with the 2 males changing into the primary African-American World Tag Crew Champions in WWE historical past in 1983.