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The Rock says thank you

In a video posted to his Instagram yesterday (Jan. 19), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson spoke to his fans & followers about the death of his father Rocky Johnson.

“I just wanted to stop in on this blessed Sunday and say thank you, so much - thank you. My heart is so full of gratitude, deep in my bones, in my constitution, in my wiring, in my heart, and in my mana for the outpouring of love and the support, and the well wishes, and condolences you have sent me and my family during this time. You have lifted my spirits in ways that I hope you can imagine. So all your messages, your lengthy messages, your deep messages, all the stories that you’ve shared with me - I’ve read as many as I possibly could, and the quality that it has provided me during this time has been immeasurable, and I thank you guys and I love you for the support.

As you know, I lost my old man a few days ago, I lost him just like that. Didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to him. I would give anything right now to give him a big old hug and big old kiss before he crossed over. To say, ‘Thank you, I love you, and I respect you.’ But I didn’t get a chance to say that, but such is life.”

Johnson also confirmed reports about his father’s cause of death.

“A lot of you wanted to know what happened to my dad. He had not been feeling well. Been battling a cold, an infection. On Tuesday he had a deep vein thrombosis, which is essentially a blot clot in the leg, a big old blood clot. It broke free, traveled up his body and went right to his lung. It clotted his lung and he died very quickly from a massive heart attack. According to the medical examiner who performed the autopsy, it was clear, very evident of what had happened. My question was, ‘Was he in pain? Did he go quick? Was it drawn out?’ He said, ‘He went fast. He went quick.’”

The Rock’s first tribute to his father is here. You can watch WWE’s here, and read reflections on Rocky Johnson’s life & legacy from around the wrestling world here.

On behalf of the entire Cageside Seats community, we extend our deepest sympathies to all those missing the Soul Man.

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