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Rocky Johnson, WWE Wrestler and Father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dies

Rocky Johnson, a World Wide Wrestling pioneer and the father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has died at age 75, according to reports.

Johnson passed away on Wednesday in the Tampa Bay area. A cause of death has not been announced.

Nicknamed “Soul Man,” Johnson began his career with the National Wrestling Alliance in the mid-1960s.

He joined the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment) in 1983, and found success there until his retirement in 1991.

Even during retirement, Johnson continued to train up-and-coming wrestlers, including his son.

The International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame announced last month that Rocky Johnson had joined the organization as a board member.

Johnson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his son in 2008.