Professional wrestling legend Rocky Johnson passed away at the age of 75 this week. Fans and wrestlers alike mourned his passing and celebrated his legacy. It was previously reported that Johnson was suffering from illness prior to his passing. Now the reason behind his passing has come to light.
According to a report by The Tampa Bay Times, Brian Blair said that Johnson passed away owing to a blood clot. Here is what he said:
“A blood clot traveled from his leg into his lung. He died of natural causes.”
Blair mentioned he and Rocky Johnson went to church every week. However, Johnson was unable to go to church for the last two weeks. He died in his home in Lutz, Florida.
The Rock, Johnson’s son, also paid tribute to his father on Instagram recently.
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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 🐐