Rocky Johnson, famed wrestler and father of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, dead at 75

The death of Rocky Johnson, whose real name was Wayde Bowles, was announced Wednesday in a statement by World Wrestling Entertainment.

He teamed up with fellow WWE wrestler Tony Atlas to form the duo The Soul Patrol, who would go on to defeat The Wild Samoans that year.

The two men became the first African American world tag team champions in WWE history, the statement said.

He posted a heartfelt video to his Instagram in March discussing his father's emotional reaction to the actor's offer to buy him a house wherever he wants.

Dwayne Johnson said his father was kicked out of his house on Christmas Day when he was just 13 and was forced to live on the streets.

Dwayne Johnson went on to say that his father raised him with tough love that shaped him and helped him learn the value hard work and discipline.

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