Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson shares heartfelt eulogy he delivered at his father's funeral - USA TODAY

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Morgan Hines USA TODAY

Published 12:56 PM EST Feb 8, 2020

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on Friday shared the eulogy he delivered for his father, wrestler Rocky Johnson, in an Instagram TV video.

Rocky Johnson died Jan. 15 of a heart attack. He was 75.

The video, which features footage from the funeral and other moments including old film and photos, runs for almost 11 minutes.

"I wish I had one more shot, just to say goodbye, say I love you, say thank you, I respect you but I have a feeling he's watching, he's listening," Johnson, 47, says in the video. 

"I know my dad would be saying 'kayfabe the tears!'" he chuckled before thanking everyone for their condolences and tributes to his father. "To my dad, to our dad."

Rocky Johnson — born in Nova Scotia, Canada, as Wayde Douglas Bowles — started his professional wrestling career in 1964 with the National Wrestling Alliance.

He joined the WWE in 1983 and is best known for becoming the first black tag team champion in WWE history with partner Tony Atlas as The Soul Patrol in 1983.

Rocky retired from wrestling in 1991, but his family's prized wrestling legacy continued after his son followed in his famous father's footsteps as "The Rock" before going on to become one of the highest-paid actors ever. 

Through his eulogy, Johnson paid tribute to his father and all that he was, his impact. 

"You trail blazed and even harder, you changed people’s harsh behaviors toward a man of color," he wrote in the caption of the video. "Paving the way for me, my family and generations to come."

Johnson said his father died of a heart attack in a separate Instagram video. Battling a cold and infection, Rocky had a deep vein thrombosis — a blood clot in the leg, which grew and traveled to his lung.

"I’ll see you down the road, Soulman," Johnson says in the video as he walks off stage.

Dwayne Johnson remembers late father: 'I’ll always be your proud and grateful son'

Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Rasha Ali


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