CANADIAN ROCKY JOHNSON, FATHER OF DWAYNE ‘THE ROCK’ JOHNSON, DIES AT AGE 75

Johnson was born in Amherst, N.S., and made his pro wrestling debut in Southern Ontario before rising to fame in the National Wrestling Alliance in the mid-1960s.

Dwayne and Rocky Johnson in Los Angeles, May 2015 ~ PHOTO BY JIM SMEAL/BEI/SHUTTERSTOCK

DWAYNE JOHNSON’S FATHER, PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER ROCKY JOHNSON, IS DEAD AT 75
Dwayne Johnson‘s father, the Canadian professional wrestler Rocky Johnson, is dead. He was 75.

World Wrestling Entertainment confirmed the news on their website, writing, “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.”

A rep for the actor did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Sports journalist and editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Dave Meltzer first broke the news on Twitter, writing, “What horrible news, Rocky Johnson passed away, Dwayne’s father. Our best to Dwayne, Ricky, Ata and the entire family.” READ MORE


CANADIAN ROCKY JOHNSON, FATHER OF DWAYNE ‘THE ROCK’ JOHNSON, DIES AT AGE 75
Canadian professional wrestling legend Rocky (Soul Man) Johnson, the father of actor Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson, has died at the age of 75.

World Wrestling Entertainment, where Johnson reached the greatest heights of his career, confirmed his death on Wednesday.

Johnson was born in Amherst, N.S., and made his pro wrestling debut in Southern Ontario before rising to fame in the National Wrestling Alliance in the mid-1960s.

He started in the WWE in 1983 with rivalries with the likes of Greg (The Hammer) Valentine, Don Muraco and Adrian Adonis.

Eventually he teamed with Tony Atlas as The Soul Patrol and 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.

After Johnson retired from wrestling in 1991 he helped train his son The Rock — a nickname that was partly in tribute to his father.

The younger Johnson went on to become the first-ever African-American WWE champion and then transition into a successful career as an actor.

Rocky Johnson was inducted by his son into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.

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