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Rocky Johnson, famed wrestler and father of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, died yesterday at age 75

Rocky Johnson, right, with his ex-wife Ata Johnson and their son, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, at a ceremony honoring Dwayne Johnson at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, on May 19, 2015.Eric Charbonneau / Invision for Warner Bros

Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson, a former professional wrestler who was the father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, died yesterday at age 75.

The death of Rocky Johnson, whose real name was Wayde Bowles, was announced Wednesday in a statement by World Wrestling Entertainment. His manager confirmed the news to NBC News but did not share details on the cause of death.

Rocky Johnson being interview by Mean Gene Okerlund

 

Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson, a former professional wrestler who was the father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has died at age 75.

Dwayne Johnson went on to say that his father raised him with tough love that shaped him and helped him learn the value hard work and discipline.

Rocky and The Rock Johnson

“He raised me with that tough physical love and used to beat my a– in the gyms and on wrestling mats,” he wrote. “I hated it then as a little boy, but grateful for it today as a man.”

A young Rock with his Father Rocky