The 75-year-old official WWE Twitter account announced the death of the retired wrestler on Wednesday evening.
Johnson began wrestling in 1964, working his way to the point of becoming a top star in the territorial wrestling days and challenging for the NWA worlds heavyweight championship multiple times, coming up short against Jack Brisco, Terry Funk and Harley Race. In 2008, Rocky Johnson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame alongside Peter Maivia by his son.
The report of Johnson's passing comes the way of the Cauliflower Alley Club. Johnson, much like his son, was known for his expressive charisma, his presence in the ring and his imposing figure.
Some of his biggest rivals were Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Don muraco and Adrian Adonis.
Johnson's tag team skills also worked to his advantage when he joined Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation in 1982.
In addition to Dwayne, Johnson had two children from a previous marriage, Wanda and Curtis.
The WWE later confirmed the report of Rocky's - real name Wayde Douglas Bowles - passing, detailing the "Soul Man's" legacy within the iconic wrestling organization. Their son Dwayne was born in 1972.
Rocky "Soulman" Johnson has sadly died.
In March a year ago, The Rock shared a long post to his Instagram in which he spoke about his relationship with his father. A flawless example was in March 2019 when the actor expressed how he wanted to buy a new house from his father.
He explained: 'He's a weathered soul and like all weathered souls, there's often a harsh storied path that got them there. "A very sad day for wrestling". "I'm lucky I could do this and thanks for the a** kickins".