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Dwayne Johnson Honours His Dad In Heartfelt Instagram Post: "I’ll always be your proud and grateful son"

Dwayne Johnson Honours His Dad In Heartfelt Instagram Post: "I’ll always be your proud and grateful son"
January 17, 2020 - 21:12 / Lucas Anderson

Dwayne Johnson lost his father, Rocky Johnson, on Wednesday. "The Rock" is mourning his dad's sudden passing and shared a heartfelt message to commemorate Rocky on his Instagram today.

Dwayne Johnson posted to Instagram a brief clip of his father in the ring before a WWF wrestling match. The video is accompanied by a lengthy tribute where "The Rock" describes his love and respect for his father, the Canadian-born former professional wrestler, Rocky Johnson.

Read Dwayne Johnson's touching message to his father

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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 deeply complicated 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

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Rocky Johnson's life

Rocky Johnson was born August 24, 1944, in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada. Rocky's birth name was Wayde Bowles, but he adopted his wrestling moniker, "Rocky Johnson," in the 1960s. In Dwayne Johnson's Instagram post, he congratulated his father for breaking colour barriers and becoming a legend in the world of wrestling.

Rocky had a long career starting in the 70s and culminated with his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.

Rocky Johnson (1944-2020)

Rocky Johnson passed away at the age of 75 on January 15, 2020.