Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson lost his father, Rocky, this week. His death as confirmed on Wednesday by the WWE, an organization for which he entertained fans during a long career as a wrestler.
The Rock is well known for being generous with his wealth and buying extravagant gifts for family members. Entertainment Tonight is now recalling when he bought his dad a new house just last year.
Johnson shared the whole thing in an Instagram Video.
“I just got off the phone with my dad and, man, it was a great call and I just had to share this with you guys really quick,” he said in the clip. “So about two, three weeks ago, I called my dad and I said, ‘Look, you’re probably happy where you’re at but I want to do something for you. I want to buy you a brand new home, wherever you want to live, you can live.'”
“He couldn’t believe it, he was speechless,” Johnson continued. “So he just called me now. It’s a big weekend, he’s gonna go look at properties. He’s a Florida boy, so he’s going to go up to North Florida and look and he goes, ‘I’m so excited. I’m also so nervous.’”
“My dad’s an old-school tough guy,” he said. “I said, ‘What the hell are you nervous about?’ And he said, ‘Well,’ he was searching for words. ‘No one ever called to tell me they were gonna buy me a house before and the fact that it’s you, it’s my son, I’m so proud of you and I love you so much.”
“I never heard my dad talk like that. It felt good to me and it felt good to my heart,” he said. “You know, my dad used to beat my a—. Tough love, and I hated it back then, but I’m so grateful for it now. It just felt good to kind of give back to the ones who raised you. So, love you too, Pop.”
“WWE is saddened to learn that Rocky ‘Soul Man’ Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), a WWE Hall of Famer and former World Tag Team Champion, has passed away at age 75,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.