Rocky Johnson, a legendary wrestler in his own right, passes away at 75. WWE announced the heartbreaking news on Wednesday.
Johnson was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. He held several National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) singles titles across America and Canada during his noteworthy 27-year-long wrestling career from the year 1964 to the year 1991. He was also a part of the ‘first black tag team’ to win the WWF World tag team title along with Tony Atlas back in 1983. Johnson was later inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame in the year 2008.
The cause of death of the legendary wrestler has not been released. However, former WWE wrestler Brian Blair, with whom Johnson often attended church, provided some clarity to the situation when speaking to a leading daily via telephone on Wednesday. Blair revealed that Johnson recently had complained of an unspecified illness and had missed church. He also said that Johnson’s wife, Sheila, was distraught over the death of her husband.
“He was just under the weather, he thought he had the flu or something,” Blair said while being interviewed on the 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.”
The Rock’s ring name is said to be inspired by his father’s name. Our prayers go out to the family of the legendary wrestler Rocky Johnson.