WWE superstar Rocky 'Soul Man' Johnson sadly passed away this week aged seventy-five.
The former wrestler is a legend in the sports entertainment industry and gave us some iconic moments that will live on forever.
Tributes poured in for Soul Man, and now his son, The Rock, has shared his eulogy from the funeral online.
Keep scrolling to hear what he had to say about the passing of his dad...
The Rock is one of the most recognizable faces in the world.
via: ShutterstockWith his staggering 6 ft 5 inches, 260 lbs frame, he'd be pretty hard to miss - but it's his expressive face (and infamous eyebrows) that really set him apart from the rest.
You may know him frim his movie roles.
via: Getty ImagesKnowing that there was limited longevity in wrestling, Johnson successfully transitioned his career into another sphere. He's now as well known as an actor as well as a wrestler.
He's also known for being a beloved internet presence.This brilliant image of him wearing a turtleneck, gold chain and, inexplicably, a fanny pack, is a particular highlight that the internet loves to bring up.
He's had some iconic movie roles.Johnson is probably most famous for his performances in the Fast and Furious movies. He plays Luke Hobbs, an intimidating special agent and self-described "ice-cold can of whoop-ass."
Younger fans may know him from somewhere else, though.Johnson voiced the demigod Maui in the huge Disney hit Moana - complete with an amazing song and rap which sent the internet into hysterics.
But for many, Johnson will always be The Rock.He's one of the most famous wrestlers of all time and has numerous titles and awards. Despite technically retiring from wrestling in 2004, The Rock still makes public appearances from time to time.
He rose to fame as a professional wrestler.
via: ShutterstockThis is where Johnson first earned his nickname - thanks to his giant (and seemingly impenetrable) ring presence. We certainly wouldn't want to face off against him!
His wrestling persona had a few memorable aspects.With his general trash-talk and bullying persona, his wonderfully evil-looking eyebrow, and his memorable catchphrase, "If you smell what The Rock is cooking," it seems he was made for the WWE.
It's safe to say Johnson has built an enviable career for himself.Transitioning from one niche area and building an enormous Hollywood career out of it is no mean feat - it's clear Johnson is a savvy businessman.
And he's never been short of fans.For a long time, many have cited Johnson as one of the nicest guys in Hollywood - in stark contrast to his intimidating appearance and controversial wrestling reputation.
But none of this would have been possible without his father.
via: TwitterDwayne Johnson's father, Rocky "Soul Man" Johnson paved the way for his son to thrive. On Wednesday night, news had surfaced that he had died at the age of 75.
The Hall of Famer is a legend in the wrestling world.
via: TwitterAlong with Tony Atlas, he made history in the squared-circle by becoming the first-ever black world tag-team champions when they defeated the Wild Samoans in 1983.
Rocky trained his son to follow in his footsteps.
via: TwitterThat's why he adopted the name, as a touching homage to his father. And to make things even more emotional, Dwayne even inducted him into the coveted Hall of Fame back in 2008.
WWE executive and wrestler Paul Levesque tweeted about the loss.
via: TwitterBetter known by his in-ring name, "Triple H", he said: "A loss for every fan of @WWE, Rocky Johnson was a barrier-breaking performer. Our thoughts are with his family at this time."
Mick Foley, another wrestling legend also sent his condolences:
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of the great Rocky Johnson. Always a gentleman, I always enjoyed talking with… https://t.co/qNhlhbjnwe— Mick Foley (@Mick Foley)1579129443.0
WWE hasn't revealed any details about the cause but a close friend said this:
via: TwitterBrian Blair, another 1980s WWE wrestler, was friends with Johnson for many years and they still went to church together in Tampa, Florida. He said that Johnson had been complaining about an unknown illness.
He explained further:
via: Twitter“He was just under the weather, he thought he had the flu or something. I said, ‘You need to get checked out, Rocky.’ He said he’d be OK."
via: Twitter"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."
Further investigation into his death will be carried out as a formality.
via: TwitterBut fans have been left devastated by the news of the legend's passing.
Dwayne Johnson initially remained quiet about his dad's passing...
via: TwitterBut eventually, he spoke out.
It's no secret that Dwayne has always looked up to his dad...
via: ShutterstockSo his passing is bound to have hit him incredibly hard.
In the days following on from Rocky's death...
He posted an emotional video to Instagram...
He praised his dad for his loving and passionate upbringing.
via: Instagram"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."
In the video, a young Dwayne can be seen watching his dad from the sidelines...
via: Instagram"The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deep complex sides that needed to be held and understood."
The actor was evidently emotional writing his post...
via: Instagram"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." "I'm in pain."
But Dwayne, being Rocky's son through and through...
via: InstagramPromised to power on. "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."
He ended his post by reminding his dad just how proud he is of him...
via: Instagram"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."
People flooded Dwayne's post with supportive messages...
via: ShutterstockIncluding his best friend and colleague, Kevin Heart, who wrote, "love you bro".
It's been over a week since the funeral.But only now has The Rock released his heartbreaking eulogy from his father's funeral.
The Rock is visibly emotional.
I wish I had one more shot. Just to say goodbye, say I love you, say thank you, say I respect you. I have a feeling he’s watching, he’s listening. ‘I know my dad would be saying, 'kayfabe the tears'. Thank you guys, thank everyone for coming and for being so generous with your time and being so caring and kind with your condolences to me and my family. ‘Thank you to everyone who came up here and really gave beautiful tributes to my dad, to our dad.
You try and think, 'What am I going to write?' You don’t know what to write for a eulogy, it’s your dad. You don’t expect it. As you know, he went very quick. Now his name is synonymous with the power of love and bringing people together. It’s very appropriate for the Soul Man. I wish your soul rest at rest and at ease. No more pain, no more regret. I’m sorry, just give me a second. All of you have said really wonderful things, all the messages you have sent me. He would be very happy at this, it would make his heart full. This isn’t goodbye, this is just, and 'we’ll see you down the road’. I’ll see you down the road, Soul Man.
Rest in peace, Rocky.
via: InstagramA true legend who lives on in his son.