He then recalled the day he found out about Rocky’s passing, saying it felt like a dream he couldn’t shake. However, he believes the experience has taught him to cherish every moment with friends and family.
“We’ve all lost loved ones,” he said. “But, guaranteed, when we walk out of these doors, we’re going to hold each other a bit tighter, we’re going to hug each other a bit harder, we’re going to kiss each other, we’re going to say, ‘I love you,’ and we’re going to be a little bit more present.”
Nearly a month after the death of his father, Dwayne Johnson delivered an emotional eulogy at the late WWE star’s funeral. On Feb. 8, Dwayne posted a 10-minute video of him taking the stage to share a speech about Rocky Johnson, who died on Jan. 15 at age 75. “I wish I had one more shot,” the 47-year-old actor and former wrestler began. “I wish I had one more shot to say goodbye. .. to say I love you, to say thank you, but I have a feeling he’s watching. He’s listening.”
Dwayne first posted about his father’s passing on Jan. 17, sharing an emotional message with a video from Rocky’s career in the ring. “I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world,” he wrote on Instagram. “I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar. The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am. The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deeply complicated sides that needed to be held and understood.”
He continued: “Son to father. Man to man. That’s when my adoration turned to respect. And my empathy turned to gratitude. Grateful that you gave me life. Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons. Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. I’m in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass.”
A couple of days after breaking his silence, Dwayne opened up more about his grief in a Jan. 19 Instagram post. He discussed the pain of losing a loved one and talked about the hardship of saying goodbye to his dad.
“I’d give anything right now to give him a big old hug and a big old kiss before he crossed over,” Dwayne says in the clip. “Live as greatly as you possibly can in the wake of the life and legacy that your loved one has left and especially a parent,” he added.
Ahead, see all of Dwayne’s heartfelt posts in full.