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Rocky Johnson (1944–2020), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s father

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WWE Hall of Fame wrestler taught “The Rock” how to wrestle

Rocky Johnson was a WWE Hall of Fame professional wrestler and the father of Hollywood star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He was part of the first African-American World Tag Team Champions in WWE history as a member of The Soul Patrol with Tony Atlas. Starting out as a wrestler in his native Canada, Johnson moved to the WWE in 1983. Known as the “Soul Man,” he had rivalries with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and Adrian Adonis before retiring from wrestling in 1991. At his son's request, Johnson trained him in wrestling. Years later, in 2008, The Rock inducted his father into the WWE Hall of Fame.

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Died: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 (Who else died on January 15?)

Details of death: Died at the age of 75.

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What they said about him:  "WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson has passed away." - WWE

"I’m deeply saddened by the loss of WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, an incredible talent who forged an indelible legacy. My thoughts are with @TheRock and his family."

"My heart goes out to the family of @TheRock & May prayers be sent your way during this time ! I am sorry for your loss." - WWE wrestler Dana Brooke

Full obituary: The Hollywood Reporter

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