Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Friday shared the eulogy he delivered for his father, wrestler Rocky Johnson, in an Instagram TV video.
Rocky Johnson died Jan. 15 of a coronary heart assault. He was 75.
The video, which options footage from the funeral and different moments together with previous movie and images, runs for nearly 11 minutes.
“I want I had another shot, simply to say goodbye, say I really like you, say thanks, I respect you however I’ve a sense he is watching, he is listening,” Johnson, 47, says within the video.
“I do know my dad can be saying ‘kayfabe the tears!'” he chuckled earlier than thanking everybody for his or her condolences and tributes to his father. “To my dad, to our dad.”
Rocky Johnson — born in Nova Scotia, Canada, as Wayde Douglas Bowles — began his skilled wrestling profession in 1964 with the Nationwide Wrestling Alliance.
He joined the WWE in 1983 and is finest identified for changing into the first black tag workforce champion in WWE historical past with companion Tony Atlas as The Soul Patrol in 1983.
Rocky retired from wrestling in 1991, however his household’s prized wrestling legacy continued after his son adopted in his well-known father’s footsteps as “The Rock” earlier than happening to turn out to be one of many highest-paid actors ever.
By his eulogy, Johnson paid tribute to his father and all that he was, his influence.
“You path blazed and even tougher, you modified folks’s harsh behaviors towards a person of coloration,” he wrote within the caption of the video. “Paving the best way for me, my household and generations to return.”
Johnson stated his father died of a coronary heart assault in a separate Instagram video. Battling a chilly and an infection, Rocky had a deep vein thrombosis — a blood clot within the leg, which grew and traveled to his lung.
“I’ll see you down the street, Soulman,” Johnson says within the video as he walks off stage.
Dwayne Johnson remembers late father:‘I’ll always be your proud and grateful son’
Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Rasha Ali