Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has taken to Instagram to speak directly to his fans, followingthe death of his father, Rocky Johnson, last Wednesday.
In a moving eight-minute IGTV video, Johnson thanked people for their support before opening up about his relationship with his father, his sudden death, and dealing with the aftermath.
“As you know I lost my old man a few days ago — I lost him just like that,” Johnson said. “Didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to him. I would give anything right now to give him a big old hug and a big old kiss, before he crossed over, and just say thank you and I love you, and I respect you. But I didn’t get a chance to say that.
“But such is life, as many of you know.”
Johnson went on to explain that his father died quickly following a heart attack caused by deep vein thrombosis. He then appealed to his fans to go and hug their loved ones.
“If you guys out there have parents around, your mom, your dad, your wife, your husband, your babies, your children, your best friends, your grandparents — text them,” Johnson says. “Call them. Go see them. If they’re close by, and if you can hug them, I want you to hug them. You tell them that these are the marching orders from Dwayne Johnson, who just lost his old man.
“But you hug them and you hug them hard, because that’s what I’m doing with my family, and my friends, and the ones I love. I’m hugging them hard, because you never know what’s around the corner. You just never know. Here today, gone tomorrow.”
A few days ago, Johnson shared an old WWF clip of his father in the ring, being announced at the start of a tag team match.
At the end of the clip the camera cuts to the crowd to show a young Dwayne, eagerly looking on as his dad’s name is called.
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I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world. I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar. The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am. The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deeply complicated sides that needed to be held and understood. Son to father. Man to man. That’s when my adoration turned to respect. And my empathy turned to gratitude. Grateful that you gave me life. Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons. Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high. #ripsoulman #rockyjohnson 🐐
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