Former WWE wrestler and Hall of Famer Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson, the father of wrestler and actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has passed on Wednesday.
Soul Man was aged 75 at the time of his death and the cause of death is yet to be established.
The wrestler retired from the sport in 1991 and began training his son The Rock, who eventually became one of the biggest figures in the sport.
He was born and raised in Nova Scotia, began his career in the mid-1960s as part of the National Wrestling Alliance. He quickly went on to become the first African American to win the Southern, Georgia and Florida heavyweight titles before starting his wrestling career with WWE in 1983.
Wrestlers took to social media to share condolence messages and mourn the fallen wrestler.
“One of the men I looked up to and one of the best to ever do it. God rest his soul. #RIPRockyJohnson” wrote Booker T. Huffman