The Rock aka Dwayne revealed the cause of his father’s death in a nearly eight minute long video which he has shared on Instagram on Sunday. On January 15, 2020, at the age of 75, Rocky Johnson died and the cause of death is pulmonary embolism at the home his son rushed for him in Lutz, Florida.
Well, The embolism was caused by a blood clot that traveled from a deep vein thrombosis in his leg.
Dwayne started the video by thanking his fans for their support and outpouring of love after the death of his dad who is a former wrestler and his name is Rocky Johnson.
Dwayne Heartfelt Post –
“A lot of you guys wanted to know what happened to my dad. He had not been feeling well, had been battling a cold and infection and on Tuesday he had what’s called a deep vein thrombosis, which is essentially a blood clot in the leg,” the “Jumanji” star said. “It was a big old blood clot that broke free, traveled up his body, and went right to his lung and clotted his lung and he died very quickly from a massive heart attack, just like that.”
Rocky Johnson was 75. He’s best known for becoming the first black tag team champion in WWE history with partner Tony Atlas as The Soul Patrol in 1983.
“My question was ‘Was he in pain? Did he go quick? Was it drawn out?'” Johnson said. “He (the medical examiner) said he went fast. He went quick. That’s my old man, he was always quick.”
Dwayne added: “That did give me great comfort in knowing that it wasn’t prolonged and the reason why it gave me great comfort, even though I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to my old man that one last time, is that he had been in a lot of pain for a very, very long time and that’s the life of a pro wrestler especially at that age.”
Encouragement By The Rock –
Johnson encouraged his followers to speak to their loved ones.
“Text them. Call them. Go see them, if they’re close by and if you can hug them, I want you to hug them,” Johnson said. “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.”
He added: “That’s what I’m doing with my family and my friends and the ones I love, I’m hugging them hard. You never know what’s around the corner, we just never know. Here today, gone tomorrow.”
The “Hobbs & Shaw” actor went on to share that he was about to “crush this leg workout” in honor of his dad who taught him how to workout.
On Friday, The Rock took to Instagram to share his lengthy tribute to his dad along with a video clip from Rocky’s wrestling days with a young Dwayne watching him.
“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,” he wrote.
He continued, “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. I’m in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass.”
Rocky Johnson died and the cause of his death is pulmonary embolism
Blair Brian Statement –
Former professional wrestler Brian Blair who is also 1980s WWE star and was friends with Johnson for decades. And they still went to church together in the Tampa, Florida, area.
Blair told the Associated Press on Wednesday that Johnson had complained of an unspecified illness of late and had missed church that he attended with Blair and other former wrestlers. Blair said Johnson’s wife, Sheila, was distraught over her husband’s death.
“He was just under the weather, he thought he had the flu or something,” Blair said by phone. “I said, ‘You, need to get checked out, Rocky.’ He said he’d be OK.
Then he missed this Sunday, a few days ago. When I talked to him again, he said he still wasn’t feeling good and he still missed church. He still didn’t get checked out.
I talked to Sheila and she said he was just being stubborn. He died at home, today.”
A biopic on Johnson’s life which names as Ring King, is in the process of production by indie filmmakers Jonathan and Justin Gajewski.
Legendary wrestler Rocky Johnson died and the cause of his death is pulmonary embolism.
The movie would be produced by the Toronto-based twins through their JG Brothers production banner.