Jaguh gusti senior World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Rocky “Soulman” Johnson yang juga merupakan ayah Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson meninggal dunia di usia 75 tahun baru-baru ini. Rocky Johnson juga merupakan antara penggusti berpengalaman yang pernah dianugerahkan Hall of Fame.

Beliau memulakan kerjaya dalam bidang gusti pada pertengahan tahun 1960, di mana ia mula mendapat tempat di hati peminat susulan persembahannya di National Wrestling Alliance. Punca kematiannya adalah disebabkan beberapa komplikasi kesihatan yang dialami.

Generasi ini mungkin tidak mengenali siapa beliau, namun “The Soul Man” sudah lama bersara dari arena gusti pada tahun 1991, dan mula aktif melatih anaknya Dwayne, yang kini bukan sahaja sebaris dengan penggusti WWE terulung, tetapi juga antara bintang filem paling laris di Hollywood sehingga kini.

Dwayne Johnnson turut menulis tribute terakhir yang menyentuh hati buat ayahnya yang selama ini sudah banyak berkorban buatnya. Menerusi hantaran yang ditulis dalam akaun Instagramn, The Rock mencoretkan kesedihan yang berbunyi “I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high”.

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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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