The Rock’s Father, Rocky Johnson Passes Away at 75

Rocky Johnson, WWE Hall of Famer and father of Hollywood star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has passed away.

The WWE confirmed Wednesday that Johnson, known as the ‘Soul Man’ had died at age 75.

Johnson – born Wayde Douglas Bowles – began his wrestling career in the mid-1960s, according to, but only found fame a couple of decades later when he joined the WWE in 1983.

Johnson retired from wrestling in 1991. He's pictured with The Rock and his ex-wife and The Rock's mom Ata at the Hollywood star's hand and footprint ceremony in Hollywood in 2015

He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his famous son in 2008.

In a statement, WWE said the organization was ‘saddened’ to hear of his passing and that ‘WWE extends its condolences to Johnson’s family, friends and fans’.

A host of pro wrestling stars took to social media to pay tribute to Johnson, calling it ‘a sad day for wrestling’.

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