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Rocky Johnson dead aged 75: The Rock’s dad passes away after having WWE Hall of Fame career

DWAYNE 'THE ROCK' JOHNSON'S father Rocky Johnson has died aged 75.

Rocky was a huge wrestling star in his own right and earned a place in the WWE Hall of Fame.

 WWE legend Rocky Johnson - Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's father - has passed away aged 75
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WWE legend Rocky Johnson - Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's father - has passed away aged 75Credit: Instagram

His cause of death is so far unknown.

Johnson, born Wayde Douglas Bowles, began his career in the 1960s and after a stint in the World Wide Wrestling Federation became a top contender in the National Wrestling Alliance.

There, he won numerous regional championships and tag-team championships.

With partner Tony Atlas, Johnson was part of the first blag tag-team to win a worlds championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE).

A statement on the WWE website read: "WWE is saddened to learn that Rocky 'Soul Man' Johnson, a WWE Hall of Famer, former World Tag Team Champion, and father of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, has passed away at age 75.

"In 2008, Johnson achieved the highest honor in sports-entertainment when he was inducted by The Rock into the WWE Hall of Fame where he will be forever enshrined as one of sports-entertainment’s most influential performers.

"WWE extends its condolences to Johnson’s family, friends and fans."

 Rocky Johnson began his career in the mid-1960s and was a star wrestler in his own right
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Rocky Johnson began his career in the mid-1960s and was a star wrestler in his own right
 The Rock poses with his father Rocky as a boy
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The Rock poses with his father Rocky as a boyCredit: Imgur
 Rocky Johnson had a Hall of Fame career and with Teddy Atlas was part of the first black tag team to win the World Tag Team title in the WWF
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Rocky Johnson had a Hall of Fame career and with Teddy Atlas was part of the first black tag team to win the World Tag Team title in the WWFCredit: Alamy
 The Rock (centre) with his mother Ata and father Rocky, went to become of the biggest wrestlers ever and a major Hollywood star
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The Rock (centre) with his mother Ata and father Rocky, went to become of the biggest wrestlers ever and a major Hollywood starCredit: Rex Features

After retiring in 1991, Johnson trained his son Dwayne to wrestle.

The Rock went onto become one of the most loved and best wrestlers ever, before becoming a huge Hollywood star.

At the start of The Rock's career, Johnson would appear alongside his son and help him in matches.

The pair are part of the famed Samoan Anoa'i family tree, which has produced dozens of wrestlers - including Roman Reigns, Yokozuna, Rikishi and The Usos - through the years.

Tributes have poured in from the world of wrestling after Rocky's passing.

Former world champion Mick Foley wrote: "I am so sorry to hear of the passing of the great Rocky Johnson.

"Always a gentleman, I always enjoyed talking with him.

"My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and the fans who loved him. A very sad day for wrestling."


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TAZ added: "Very sad to hear of the passing of a legend from our business in Rocky Johnson.

"My deepest condolences and prayers to Rocky’s family & fans."

Booker T wrote: "One of the best to ever do it."

The Rock is yet to comment.

Rocky Johnson accepts his award into the WWE Hall of Fame from his son Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
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