Dwayne Johnson opens up about father's death in social media post: 'I'm in pain'

Dwayne Johnson - The Rock. (Photo: Getty Images)
Dwayne Johnson - The Rock. (Photo: Getty Images)

Johannesburg – Dwayne Johnson has paid respects to his late father, WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Rocky Johnson, through an Instagram post, saying that he is "in pain" from the tremendous loss. 

Rocky, real name Wayde Bowles, died on Wednesday at the age of 75. 

On Friday, Dwayne posted a clip of his father during his pro wrestling days. The video show's Rocky Johnson in a tag-team match, while a young Dwayne sits in the audience and watches in admiration. 

"I love you. You broke 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 (sic)," the post reads. 

The Jumanji: The Next Level actor expressed his heartbreak further on in the message. 

"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 (sic)," he wrote. 

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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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