Rocky Johnson Passes Away

The Rock's father has passed away

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and father Rocky Johnson (Photo: People)

We have some sad news to pass along as legendary pro wrestler Rocky Johnson has passed away. 

The WWE Hall of Famer was 75 years-old. As of this writing, Johnson’s son, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has not commented on the passing.

The news was announced this evening by the Cauliflower Alley Club and there’s no word yet on the cause of his death. 

Rocky Johnson Passes Away

WWE issued the following statement on Johnson’s passing:

WWE is saddened to learn that Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), a WWE Hall of Famer, former World Tag Team Champion, and father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has passed away at age 75.

Johnson’s sports-entertainment career began in the mid-1960s when he made a memorable impression in the National Wrestling Alliance. However, Johnson found his highest levels of success when he began his WWE tenure in 1983.

The physically imposing and wildly charismatic Johnson had several memorable rivalries with the likes of Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Don Muraco and Adrian Adonis. He found his greatest success when he teamed up with Tony Atlas as The Soul Patrol. The two men became the first African-American World Tag Team Champions in WWE history when they defeated The Wild Samoans on Dec. 10, 1983.

The “Soul Man” retired from the ring in 1991, but his imprint continued to be felt on WWE for years to come. Post-retirement, Johnson had a hand in training his son, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The Rock would become one of the biggest stars in the history of sports-entertainment and carried on his father’s legacy with pride.

In 2008, Johnson achieved the highest honor in sports-entertainment when he was inducted by The Rock into the WWE Hall of Fame where he will be forever enshrined as one of sports-entertainment’s most influential performers.

WWE extends its condolences to Johnson’s family, friends and fans.

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We send our thoughts and prayers to the Johnson family at this difficult time. 

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