Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is opening up about his father Rocky’s death.
In an emotional and candid social media post on Sunday, the actor, 47, thanked his fans and followers for all the love and support they’d given him.
“Hey everybody I just wanted to stop in on this very blessed Sunday to say thank you so much. Thank you. My heart is so full of gratitude. You’ve lifted my spirits in ways that I hope you can imagine,” he shared at the beginning of a nearly eight-minute-long Instagram video.
“As you know, I lost my old man a few days ago. I lost him just like that, didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to him,” he said. “I’d give anything right now to give him a big ole hug and a big ole 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.”
Reflecting on their “unique” relationship, Johnson shared that “there’s so much about my old man and his complexities that only me, as his son, can understand.”
Johnson went on to reveal that his father died from a heart attack on Tuesday.
“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 clot in the leg. It was a big ole blood clot that broke free, traveled up his body, and went right to his lung, clotted his lung and he died very quickly from a massive heart attack, just like that,” Johnson said, adding that his father “went quick.”
“That did give me great comfort in knowing that it wasn’t prolonged,” the actor explained, noting that his father, who started his wrestling career back in 1964, “had been in a lot of pain for a very, very long time.”
After encouraging all of his fans and loved ones to make the most out of the time they have with their loved ones, Johnson shared that he would “honor” his father by crushing “my leg workout.”
“It’s appropriate I’m doing legs because he hated doing legs,” Johnson quipped, noting that afterwards he was going to start writing the eulogy he’ll give his father on Tuesday, when he’s laid to rest.
“I’ve written a lot of speeches for myself over the years but I have no idea where to start with this one. But I do have my tequila and I can hear him now, ‘Good that’s the way you gotta do it,’ and I can also hear him now ‘Make sure you put me over in the speech – say good stuff about me,’” Johnson said with a laugh. “For those of you who knows my dad you know that he would say, ‘You tell them I taught you everything you know, but I didn’t teach you everything I know.’ ”
Continuing to laugh, Johnson added: “That’s right dad. That’s why you will always be better than me. And i love it and i love you and i love you guys.”
“I’m so deeply grateful for all your love, mana & support 🙏🏾🖤,” he captioned the post. “My family and I thank you. Go hug your loved ones hard. I love you. DJ.”
John Cena is making the media round to help promote his film, Dolittle, which released this past Friday. Making the transition from WWE to Hollywood is something Cena is currently going through, and in his interview with CinemaBlend, the WWE Superstar gave props to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for making it a bit easier on other wrestlers looking to follow his lead.
“It definitely has changed, and I think that rests on the already broad shoulders of Dwayne Johnson,” Cena said. “He just made it acceptable to be something other than your wrestling persona. If you look at the correlation of wrestlers or WWE personalities in movies, they essentially played extensions of their WWE personality. I think Dwayne was one of the first ones to break that mold, and do it on such a grand scale that he couldn’t be ignored.”
Cena concluded that thanks to The Rock, he’s been able to find different roles in his movies, rather than just playing the same one over, and over again.
“As you know, typecasting takes a lot of attempts to unwire, and Dwayne has—through the legacy that he’s built—he’s made it easier for all of us,” Cena stated.
Cena is scheduled to be in the upcoming films: Project X-Traction, Fast & Furious 9, and The Suicide Squad.
In regards to WWE, although his appearances are getting fewer and farther between, John Cena has teased showing up at WrestleMania 36 in Tampa (where he lives). Reportedly, he’d like to do something more than just an appearance. Last year Cena showed up as his “Doctor of Thuganomics” gimmick in a segment with Elias.