Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is paying tribute to his late father, Rocky Johnson.
The legendary pro-wrestler and the WWE Hall of Famer passed away this week at the age of 75.
His 47-year-old son, who followed in his footsteps before becoming the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, shared the tribute on Instagram.
"I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world," Johnson began on an Instagram post alongside a video of his father in the WWE ring. A young Dwayne is also seen in the video.
"I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar. The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am. The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deep complex sides that needed to be held and understood. Son to father. Man to man. That's when my adoration turned to respect. And my empathy turned to gratitude. Grateful that you gave me life. Grateful you gave me life's invaluable lessons," he wrote.
He continued: "Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. I'm in pain. But we both know it's just pain and it'll pass. Now I'll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it's time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad and I'll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high."
WWE announced Rocky’s passing in a statement writing, "WWE is saddened to learn that Rocky 'Soul Man' Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), a WWE Hall of Famer and former World Tag Team Champion, has passed away."
The cause of death remains unknown.