Sports journalist and editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Dave Meltzer first broke the news on Twitter, writing, "What disgusting news, Rocky Johnson passed away, Dwayne's father". A cause of his death has not been announced.
Johnson, born and raised in Nova Scotia, began his career in the mid 1960s as part of the National Wrestling Alliance.
In 1982, Johnson jumped to the World Wrestling Federation and began a midcard run against the likes of Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Don Muraco and Adrian Adonis.
He wrote that the first 100 times people recognized as him "Rock's dad" instead of "Rocky Johnson, the wrestler", it bothered him.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson with father Rocky in 2015.
The star wrestled for numerous territories in his career and challenged NWA Worlds champions like Harley Race and Terry Funk in the 1970s, before finding his calling in tag team wrestling. "Our best to Dwayne, Ricky, Ata and the entire family".
Highly regarded as the first African-American World Tag Team Champion in WWE history, The Soul Patrol member earned his spot in the beloved sport.
Johnson would Wednesday Ata Maivia, the daughter of "High Chief" Peter Maivia, and marry into one of wrestling's most prominent families.
"That shift lifted me to a new level of gratitude for the tough love he always gave". A very sad day for the fight. He said at first it felt like he was being forgotten, but now "I'm good with it - I'm proud to be known as 'The Rock's dad'".
I have had the honor several times to speak and learn from Rocky Johnson.