Dwyane Johnson, AKA,, “The Rock,” lost his dad — wrestler Rocky Johnson — last week, and he’s opening up about the experience for the first time. And despite the toll grief takes when you lose a parent, he said writing the eulogy was actually fun.
Rocky Johnson passed away at the age of 75 after a sudden heart attack, and notoriously active Instagram user Dwayne Johnson took a break from making dreams come true and trolling Kevin Hart to pay tribute to his dad. The Rock begins the clip by thanking his fans and supporters.
“Hey everybody I just wanted to stop in on this really blessed Sunday to say thank you so much. Thank you. My heart is so full of gratitude. You have lifted my spirits in ways that I hope you can imagine.”
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“I’d give anything right now to give him a big ole hug and a big ole kiss before he crossed over and just say thank you and I love you and I respect you,” he continued. “But I didn’t get a chance to say that, but such is life, as many of you know.”
He talks calmly throughout the video, seemingly in full acceptance of his dad’s absence to the point where he starts waxing philosophically about the “life cycle.”
“It’s painful, it’s amazing, it’s beautiful, it’s heartbreaking, it’s powerful, it’s a kick in the gut, it can knock you down, it can knock your ass out as it feels like it knocked me out this week, but the blessing that I’m realizing and that we have to manage with something like this is now you rise, now you get back up, now you live as greatly as you possibly can in the wake of the life and legacy that your loved one has left, especially a parent, especially a dad.”
“I’m spending some time with my family today, and then I’m gonna break out my pen and my pad and I’m gonna write the eulogy,” Johnson said. “I’ve written a lot of speeches for myself over the years but I have no idea where to start with this one. But I do have my tequila and I can hear him now, ‘Good that’s the way you gotta do it,’ and I can also hear him now ‘Make sure you put me over in the speech – say good stuff about me.”
Johnson posted a follow-up photo later on Monday after he’d finished the eulogy, describing the process as “fun,” presumably because it brought up more happy memories—and dad jokes. But, he was probably kidding, right? Writing a eulogy isn’t exactly fun. Right?
Rocky Johnson’s memorial service is today.