'Your Proud And Grateful Son': The Rock Pays Tribute To His Late Father
He followed in his footsteps to become a wrestling superstar, and now Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson says he's "in pain" over the passing of his father Rocky "Soulman" Johnson.
The actor shared an emotional note to his father, who died at his Florida home on Thursday at 75.
"Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side," read the touching letter, posted to The Rock's social media accounts.
"You were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. I'm in pain."
After training as a boxer where he sparred with greats like Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, Canadian-born Rocky Johnson turned his talents to wrestling.
He became a National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Georgia Champion and a NWA Southern Heavyweight Memphis Champion, as well as winning many other championships.
Along with his partner Tony Atlas, he was part of the first black tag team to win the World Tag Team Championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
Dwayne followed in his father's footsteps, becoming a pro wrestler after showing promise as a college football star. He is still one of the WWE's biggest stars, as well as one of the top draws in wrestling history.
For his first television acting job, The Rock portrayed his father in a 1999 episode of That '70s Show titled "That Wrestling Show".
Now one of Hollywood's biggest stars, The Rock said his dad was his "hero".
"You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring," he wrote.
"I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son."