Rocky Johnson’s career began in the ’60s with the National Wrestling Alliance, according to the WWE. Johnson joined the WWE in 1983.
Terrible news breaking tonight. WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, father of @TheRock, has sadly passed away, aged 75.
Alongside Tony Atlas, Johnson was one half of the first ever black WWF tag team champions.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest In Power, Rocky 🙏 pic.twitter.com/tnplMM5AwW
— Wrestling Travel (@WrestlingTravel) January 15, 2020
Fans of The Rock have reached out to the wrestler and movie star to offer their condolences.
One wrote: “Just learned about your dad. My condolences. He was an absolute. Legend.”
People wrote more lovely messages to The Rock, including this:
“My condolences Dwayne about your fathers passing. I’m positive you were the apple of his eye and he passed in peace knowing the man you became. I wish the best for you and your family during these sad days.”
Just learned about your dad. My condolences. He was an absolute. Legend 😭
— Davey boy (@Kenshiro73) January 15, 2020
The Rock had a good relationship with his dad, and in March shared how he wanted to buy a home for his father.
In an Instagram video, the Rock recalled:
“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.
My dad’s an old-school tough guy, 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.’ “
The Rock continued:
“I never heard my dad talk like that. It felt good to me and it felt good to my heart. 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.”
Our condolences to The Rock and his family.
Just recently it was announced that a biographical sitcom about The Rock’s life would be developed at NBC called “Young Rock.”
The Rock explained what parts of his young life fans might see in the sitcom.
“I’ve told many many stories, many of them unbelievable, but all of them true. You’ll find Young Rock wreaking havoc in the streets of Hawaii, getting arrested doing a lot of things I shouldn’t do. We were evicted off the island and moved, to all places, Nashville, Tennessee. Imagine me being in downtown Nashville, listening to country music at 15 years old, buying my first car from a crackhead for $70.
We go into my high school years as Young Rock, and my role as a University of Miami football star, until I got beaten out of my position by a young man named Warren Sapp, who went on to become one of the greatest defensive tackles of all time.”
My formative years, also known as my “Forrest Gump” years were wildly unbelievable, yet incredibly all true. 🤦🏽♂️
Ladies & gents, we bring you our exciting new comedy series, “YOUNG ROCK”. @NBC@SevenBucksProd #FierceBabyProductions pic.twitter.com/1AN8AJ8BnU
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 12, 2020