Rocky “Soulman” Johnson passed away last week (January 15). He is a WWE Hall of Famer and father of wrestling and entertainment superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
The Rock to to his Instagram account on Sunday (January 19) to share the cause of death and to honor his late father.
He thanked all his followers and supporters for their kind words and outpouring during this difficult time.
"A lot of you guys wanted to know what happened to my dad. He had not been feeling well, had been battling a cold and infection and on Tuesday he had what’s called a deep vein thrombosis, which is essentially a blood clot in the leg," the Rock said. "It was a big old blood clot that broke free, traveled up his body, and went right to his lung and clotted his lung and he died very quickly from a massive heart attack, just like that.”
The Rock lamented the fact that he didn’t get to hug his dad and tell him he loved him one last time. He encouraged all of his followers in that video message to do so.
"Text them. Call them. Go see them, if they're close by and if you can hug them I want you to hug them," Johnson said. "You tell them that these are the marching orders from Dwayne Johnson who just lost his old man. But you hug them and you hug them hard."
On Saturday (January 18) he posted a video of his late father with a touching message, that in part read:
“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.”
Rocky was a pioneer. He and partner Tony Atlas became the league's first Black tag team champions as The Soul Patrol.
The Rock shared another Instagram post today (January 20), a picture of a journal with a pen, and the following caption:
“This was fun. Written a lot of things over the years, but nothing prepared me for this one.
#eulogy #mydad #soulman”
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