Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s father dies

Rocky Johnson, former professional wrestler and father of Dwayne Johnson, has died aged 75.

The superstar wrestler and father of wrestling star turned hollywood actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has passed away at the age of 75, according to The Cauliflower Alley Club – which is a fraternal organisation for current and retired pro wrestlers – who broke the news on Wednesday.

In a tweet, the club wrote: “Horrible news to pass along. We just learned that Rocky Johnson passed away today at the age of 75. His accolades in this business, all the people he influenced, all his accomplishments, and we are so deeply sorry and wish his family nothing but the most love at this time (sic)”

As of the time of this writing, no cause of death has been revealed, and Rocky’s family – including “The Rock” – have not yet commented publicly on the news.

Rocky – whose real name was Wayde Douglas Bowles – was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008 after an awesome career which spanned 25 years.

After holding several regional NWA tag belts, Rocky Johnson joined the then-WWF in 1982 and was paired with Tony Atlas. The pair went on to make history and became the first black WWF Tag champions in 1983 when they defeated The Wild Samoans.

Following the news of his passing, several of his industry friends have shared their condolences on social media, including former wrestling legend Mick Foley.

He 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.

#RIPRockyJohnson (sic)”

Rocky Johnson is survived by his son Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, his widow Dana Martin – whom he married in 2004 – and his two other children, Curtis and Wanda.