The Rock just delivered an emotional eulogy for his father and admitted he wished he had one more moment together. The “Jumanji: The Next Level” star took to Instagram on Friday morning, two days after his 75-year-old father suddenly passed away on Wednesday morning at his home in Florida.
“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 Rock began his long tribute to Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson.
Dwayne Johnson spoke about his father raising him as a child and helping mold him into the electrifying superstar that he is today.
“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.”
Throughout all the time they shared together, The Rock admits he had another chance to tell his father how much he loved him, and admits that Rocky Johnson was “ripped away” before the family could process what had happened.
“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.
Finally, The Rock wrote about how he will carry his father’s legacy and he’s at peace knowing that Rocky Johnson is at peace after a hard life’s work.
“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.”