Hollywood superstar The Rock is finally speaking out. The WWE Hall of Fame icon has stepped forward to address his dad’s unexpected death.

Big Facts: On Friday, Dwayne Johnson went to Instagram to remember his pops Rocky Johnson and dished on their close-knit relationship.

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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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High-Key Details: This week’s tragic death news immediately sparked a flurry of celebrity reactions.

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R. I. P. Rocky. Johnson 🙏🏽🌹👊🏿💙

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Wait, There’s More: Some reports claim Rocky had experienced a recent illness.

The former professional wrestler Brian Blair, another 1980s WWE star, was friends with Johnson for many years and they still went to church together in Tampa, Florida. Blair said that Johnson had complained of an unspecified illness and lately had missed church. Blair said Johnson’s wife, Sheila, was distraught over her husband’s death. (The Guardian)

Before You Go: Rocky Johnson blew up in the 80’s and made WWE history as being part of the organization’s first-ever African American championship duo.

Johnson, who was living in the Tampa Bay area, passed away Wednesday. Rocky “Soulman” Johnson — started out in the National Wrestling Alliance in the 1960s, but got widespread notoriety when he joined the WWE in the 80s. He and Tony Atlas became the league’s first African-American tag team champions as The Soul Patrol. (TMZ)