The Rock’s Dad and Professional Wrestler Rocky Johnson Has Passed Away at 75

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s father has passed away.

Former professional wrestler Rocky Johnson was 75.

"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 at age 75," the WWE said in a statement on Wednesday.

The press release notes that Johnson’s wrestling career began in the mid-1960s as part of the National Wrestling Alliance, however, he gained massive success after joining WWE in 1983.

He made huge strides in the wrestling world becoming one of the first African-American World Tag Team Champions in WWE history alongside Tony Atlas. They were known as The Soul Patrol, according to the release.

When Rocky retired from professional wrestling in 1991, he worked with Pat Patterson to train his son, Dwayne, who later went onto become a WWE favorite known as “The Rock” before making a splash in Hollywood as a one of the highest paid actors.

“The Rock would become one of the biggest stars in the history of sports-entertainment and carried on his father’s legacy with pride,” the release states.

Rocky was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008 by his son where the release said “he will be forever enshrined as one of sports-entertainment’s most influential performers.”

Boxing promoter Lou DiBella called Rocky a "trailblazer" and said he was one of his "first wrestling heroes."

The Rock has not released an official statement on his father’s passing.

The cause of death remains unknown.

Our condolences go out to Johnson’s friends and family.

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