WWE legend Rocky Johnson dies

Rocky Johnson, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s wrestler father, dies at 75

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WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, died Wednesday. Johnson, whose real name was Wayde Douglas Bowles, was 75.

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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) confirmed his death on Wednesday in a statement. No cause of Rocky’s death was given.

In a statement, WWE said the company is “saddened” by Johnson’s passing and offering condolences to his family.

Known as “Soul Man”, rose to fame with WWE in the 1980s. He retired from ring in 1991, but he helped train his son Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is now one of the biggest WWE wrestling icons in the world. He became a huge success in the sport before becoming an actor, starring in blockbuster movies such as Fast & Furious, The Scorpion King and the Jumanji franchise.

In 2008, Rocky 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.

He is survived by The Rock as well as his other son, Curtis, and his daughter, Wanda.

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