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16 January 2020 00:39

WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, father of The Rock, has died at 75 years old.

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BREAKING: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's Dad, Rocky Johnson, Dead at 75 Incredibly sad news from the wrestling world when it was announced that Rocky Johnson, the former professional wrestler and father of Dwayne Johnson, passed away on Wednesday. He was just 75 years old. WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, father of The Rock, has died at 75 years old. pic.twitter.com/KtrJKo3BRl — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 15, 2020 His cause of death is unknown. Johnson, whose real name was Wayde Douglas Bowles, became National Wrestling Alliance Georgia Champion and NWA Southern Heavyweight Memphis Champion during his career, while also winning several other titles in his career.

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He alongside Tony Atlas became the first black tag team to win the World Tag Team Championship in the World Wrestling Federation. Johnson retired from professional wrestling in 1991. Share This Rocky Johnson, a WWE pioneer and father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has died according to the WWE. Johnson, who was living in the Tampa Bay area, passed away Wednesday. Rocky "Soulman" Johnson--started out in the National Wrestling Alliance in the 1960s, but got widespread notoriety when he joined the WWE in the 80s.

He and Tony Atlas became the league's first African-American tag team champions as The Soul Patrol. Getty Some of his biggest rivals were Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Don Muraco and Adrian Adonis. Rocky retired back in 1991 and he was later inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008. Obviously, his son followed in his footsteps. It is widely known that Dwayne adopted his dad's name for his own wrestling moniker... and certainly carried on the torch lit by his pop. Waiting for your permission to load the Instagram Media. They remained close--The Rock even gifted his father a brand new car and a house for Christmas. Last year he published his autobiography--"Soulman: The Rocky Johnson Story"--and his son wrote the foreword.