The Rock posts moving tribute to his father Rocky Johnson following his death
Yesterday, it was announced that Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's father, legendary wrestler Rocky Johnson, had passed away at the age of 75.
This video shows The Rock buying his father a house, by way of thanks for his tough love:
The acclaimed wrestler, who became the first African-American WWE tag team champion, passed away on the evening of Wednesday, January 15. The cause of death has not been made public yet, but he died at his home in Lutz, Florida.
And now, The Rock has taken to his Instagram page to pay emotional tribute to his late father with a beautiful message. He wrote;
"I love you.
You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world.
I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar.
The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am.
The boy you raised with the toughest of love.
The intense work.
The hard hand.
The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities.
Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deep complex sides that needed to be held and understood.
Son to father.
Man to man.
That’s when my adoration turned to respect.
And my empathy turned to gratitude.
Grateful that you gave me life.
Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons.
Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side.
But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning.
Gone in an instant and no coming back.
Im in pain.
But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass.
Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish.
Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman.
Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease.
You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring.
I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son.
Go rest high.
#ripsoulman #rockyjohnson 🐐"
And tributes to the late wrestler poured in on social media.
Rest in peace, Rocky Johnson.