Tributes have been paid to wrestler Rocky Johnson, the father of actor and wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, who has passed away at the age of 75.
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced the death of the Hall of Fame inductee known as 'Soul Man', who was part of the first black tag team to become WWE champions.
The WWE extended its condolences to "family, friends and fans".
Born Wayde Douglas Bowles in Nova Scotia, Canada, Rocky Johnson began his wrestling career as a teenager and joined the WWE - then the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) - in 1983.
Together with Tony Atlas he was part of the tag team known as 'The Soul Patrol', which won the WWF Tag Team Championship.
He retired from the ring in 1991 with son Dwayne then following in his footsteps as The Rock.
Here are some of the tributes to Rocky Johnson:
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of the great Rocky Johnson. Always a gentleman, I always enjoyed talking with him. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and the fans who loved him. A very sad day for wrestling.#RIPRockyJohnson pic.twitter.com/4agKbOzAry— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) January 15, 2020
I'm really sorry to hear of the passing of Rocky Johnson. We always had lovely chats and he always referred to me as "Mate". My deepest condolences to all of his family.— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) January 16, 2020
GOODBYE BROTHER ROCKY JOHNSON. I LOVE YOU FOREVER YOU ARE MY FAMILY. GOD BLESS YOU pic.twitter.com/43yc60Yh2u— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) January 15, 2020