Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s wrestler father dies aged 75

Tributes have been paid to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s father and former professional wrestler Rocky Johnson, following his death aged 75.

Johnson, who was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, was a trailblazer in the ring and was the first African-American WWE tag team champion.

He was known as “Soul Man” and retired in 1991, with his son Dwayne continuing his wrestling legacy before becoming a major Hollywood star.

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Dwayne Johnson, now a major Hollywood star, inducted his father into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.

In a statement announcing his death, WWE said it “extends its condolences to Johnson’s family, friends and fans”.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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