Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Mourns His Dad’s Death at 75
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shared that he is “full of gratitude” for the love and support he’s received after the recent death of his father.
The actor’s legendary pro-wrestling father, Rocky Johnson, passed away at age 75.
On January 15, 2020 at the age of 75 in his Lutz, Florida home, Johnson died from sequalae of Cardiac arrest secondary to pulmonary embolism i.e. blood clots lodged in his pulmonary artery (blood vessel carrying blood from the heart to the lungs), which had traveled up from legs aka Deep Vein Thombosis (DVT). When large enough, the pulmonary embolus prevents normal circulation for gaseous exchange between the heart and lungs… which then results in heart failure or cardiac arrest.
A Black Nova Scotian, Rocky descended from Black Loyalists who immigrated to Nova Scotia after escaping from a southern plantation in the United States after the American Revolutionary War. At the age of 16, Johnson moved to Toronto where he began wrestling and worked as a truck driver. Initially, he trained to be a boxer and eventually sparred with greats such as Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, but he was always fascinated by wrestling.
Among many National Wrestling Alliance titles, Rocky was the first black Georgia Heavyweight Champion. He won the World Tag Team Championship, along with his partner Tony Atlas, in 1983 to become the first black champions in WWE history. Together, they were billed as “The Soul Patrol.”
The Rock posted an almost eight-minute video Sunday on his official Instagram account in which he expressed his appreciation.
“Hard to express how deeply grateful I am for all your love, mana & support,” the caption read. “My family and I thank you. Go hug your loved ones hard, while you still can. I love you. DJ #ripsoulman.”
The wrestler-turned-actor got emotional in the video and said…