Rocky Johnson, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s wrestler father, dies at 75

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Rocky Johnson, former WWE wrestlerImage copyrightGetty Images
Image caption Rocky Johnson was part of the first black tag team to win a WWE championship

Rocky Johnson, a former professional wrestler and father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has died aged 75.

His death was confirmed on Wednesday in a statement released by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). No cause of death was given.

Johnson, whose real name was Wayde Douglas Bowles, rose to fame with WWE in the 1980s.

Known as “Soul Man”, he was part of the first black tag team to win a WWE championship.

Following his retirement in 1991, Johnson helped train his son Dwayne, now a Hollywood star who became a WWE wrestling icon in his own right.