- Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's father has passed away at age 75
- Rocky Johnson was also a wrestler and made history as one of the first black tag team champions
- Condolences and tributes have been flooding social media since the sad news was broken
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson’s WWE Hall of Fame father, Rocky Johnson has passed away at the age of 75.
The sad news was confirmed by WWE on Wednesday, January 15, through a statement which expressed condolences to The Rock’s family.
"WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson has passed away,” the WWE said on social media.
Rocky was a legendary WWE wrestler that made history - he was part of the first-ever black tag team to win the championship. With him was Tony Atlas as they were known as the 'Soul Patrol'.
The cause of death has not yet been revealed. Rocky trained his son to wrestle and is responsible for the living icon, 'The Rock' and the success he achieved.
The Daily Mail reports that Rocky was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Dwayne in 2008. Popularly known as Soul Man, he spent most of his career at the National Wrestling Alliance, where he won a number of championships.
Since the news of Rocky's death has broken, social media users have been flooding platforms with heartfelt condolences and tributes.
Here's what some of them had to say:
Dwayne has not yet publicly responded to the news and is likely spending time with his family as they mourn their loss.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a Bulgarian boxer has tragically died just moments after collapsing in the ring during a boxing match.
Boris Stanchov, who has been fighting under his cousin's license, is understood to have suffered a cardiac arrest during a match against Ardit Murja.
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