Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson loses Pioneer Wrestler Dad, Rocky Johnson at 75

Rocky Johnson, a WWE pioneer and father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has died at the age of 75, according to the WWE.

Johnson, who was living in the Tampa Bay area, passed away Wednesday. Rocky "Soulman" Johnson as he was called, started out in the National Wrestling Alliance in the 1960s, but got widespread notoriety when he joined the WWE in the 80s.

He and Tony Atlas became the league's first African-American tag team champions as The Soul Patrol

Rocky retired back in 1991 and he was later inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.

The Rock and his Dad were close, he even gifted his father a brand new car and a house for Christmas. Last year his Dad published his autobiography, "Soulman: The Rocky Johnson Story", and he wrote the foreword.