Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's father and pro wrestler dies aged 75 - EpicNews

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.

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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.”

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.

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.