Dwayne Johnson’s father Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson died on Wednesday at 75 years and the exact cause of death is not yet known.
The WWE Hall of Famer who was He was inducted by his son into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008 was the first in history an African American world tag team champion as a member of the Soul Patrol alongside Tony Atlas. He retired from the sport in 1991, and later began training his son The Rock, who eventually became one of the biggest figures in the sport.
Soul man describes this as being one of his greatest achievements in his autobiography, “Soulman: The Rocky Johnson Story.”
Johnson, 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. The wrestler had several memorable rivalries with competitors like Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Adrian Adonis and Don Muraco.