Dwayne Johnson, American actor and retired WWE superstar better known as ‘The Rock’, has lost Rocky Johnson, his father, at the age of 75.
The tragic news was announced in a statement on the official website of WWE on Wednesday night, as they further extended condolences to Rocky’s fans and family.
“He found his greatest success when he teamed up with Tony Atlas as The Soul Patrol,” WWE said in its statement.
“The two men became the first African-American World Tag Team Champions in WWE history when they defeated The Wild Samoans on 10 December, 1983.”
The cause of his death is currently unknown.
Rocky Johnson was a WWE Hall of Famer and former World Tag Team Champion with the stage name ‘Soul Man’.
— WWE (@WWE) January 16, 2020
His career remarkably began in the mid-1960s as part of the National Wrestling Alliance but found his highest levels of success when he began his WWE career in 1983. His legacy still lived on in the WWE despite his retirement in 1991.
After retirement, he set out to train Dwayne, who became one of the biggest figures in the history of sports-entertainment and carried on his father’s legacy with pride as he bore the stage name ‘The Rock’.
— Triple H (@TripleH) January 16, 2020
In 2009, Rocky was inducted by Dwayne into the WWE hall of fame, which was his highest honor in sport-entertainment.
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