WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson died of a heart attack in January, and now, his movie-star son Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has shared the touching eulogy he delivered at the funeral.
On Friday, the "Fast & Furious" star, 47, posted video from the service that showed him emotionally addressing his regret at losing his father so suddenly, saying, "Man, I wish I had... I wish I had one more shot. I wish I had one more shot to say goodbye, to say I love you, to say thank you... but I have a feeling he’s watching. He's listening."
In heart-tugging footage, he goes on to speak about learning his dad had passed away at 75 just as he was driving up to work. "You know how you have those moments where you try and shake yourself out of it, and you're like, 'No, it's not a dream... My dad's gone.'... I just thought, 'Well, what do I need to do? What's the next thing that I need to do?'"
He said he realized "the show must go on" and asserted, "That was my dad. That was my old man who told me that."
Johnson also remembered his father's stellar career as a wrestler who broke the color barrier in the sport when he "broke into the business in the mid-'60s and throughout the late '60s and into the '70s in the United States, where racial tension and divide was very strong, and in the '60s and the '70s you have a black man coming in, it's an all-white audience and all these small little towns that eventually I would go on to wrestle in — but at that time, he changed the audience's behavior and actually had them cheer for this black man."
He ended the eulogy by telling his dad, "I wish your soul at rest, and at ease."
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You trail blazed and even harder, you changed people’s harsh behaviors toward a man of color. Paving the way for me, my family and generations to come. You loved us with the capacity of which you could - given all the givens. Raised me with an iron hand and a tough complicated love. A love that now, as a father and man, I’ve learned to refine as I raise my own children. I wish I had one more shot. To say one more thing. You were taken too fast. Slipped right thru my hands. But you were so loved, lived so full, defined culture and now you rest high. Peacefully. And that makes my heart smile. I love you and now I have an angel to call by name. I’ll see you down the road, Soulman. Til we meet again. Your son 🥃🖤