Days after WWE star Rocky "Soulman" Johnson's sudden death, his son Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is sharing new details about his passing.
In an emotional Instagram video on Sunday, The Rock said, "As you know, I lost my old man a few days ago. I lost him just like that, didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to him. I'd give anything right now to give him a big ole hug and a big ol' kiss before he crossed over and just say, 'Thank you and I love you and I respect you.' But I didn’t get a chance to say that, but such is life, as many of you know."
Johnson revealed that his dad died from a heart attack, saying, "A lot of you guys wanted to know what happened to my dad. He had not been feeling well, had been battling a cold and infection, and on Tuesday he had what's called a deep-vein thrombosis, which is essentially a clot in the leg. It was a big ol' blood clot that broke free, traveled up his body, and went right to his lung, clotted his lung, and he died very quickly from a massive heart attack — just like that."
He added, "That did give me great comfort in knowing that it wasn’t prolonged… He had been in a lot of pain for a very, very long time."
Johnson went on to show his appreciation for all his fans' love and support, saying, "My heart is so full of gratitude. You've lifted my spirits in ways that I hope you can imagine."
The 47-year-old pointed out that he was writing a eulogy for his father, who be laid to rest on Tuesday. He admitted, "I've written a lot of speeches for myself over the years, but I have no idea where to start with this one. But I do have my tequila and I can hear him now — 'Good! That's the way you gotta do it!' — and I can also hear him now — 'Make sure you put me over in the speech — say good stuff about me.' For those of you who know my dad, you know that he would say, 'You tell them I taught you everything you know, but I didn't teach you everything I know.'"
A few days ago, Dwayne wrote on 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. Im in pain. But we know it’s just pain and it'll pass."
Rocky, who began wrestling in the mid-'60s, ending up in the WWE in 1983, died at the age of 75.
In the past, Dwayne has credited Rocky with training him early in his wrestling career while he was a teenager.
Last year, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson opened up about his relationship with his dad Rocky “Soulman” Johnson while promoting his film “Hobbs & Shaw.”
Johnson told “Extra’s” Terri Seymour, “My dad was tough. He only knew tough love. It wasn’t until I got older that I understood his hard road that he lived on why I was getting that tough love and I’m grateful for it.”
Dwayne also remembered his dad waking him up early in the morning to teach him life lessons, such as working hard and being proud of who you are. Watch!