Rocky \u201cSoulman\u201d Johnson, a WWE Hall of Fame wrestler who became better known as the father of actor Dwayne \u201cThe Rock\u201d Johnson, has died. He was 75.\r\nWWE issued a statement on Johnson\u2019s death Wednesday night. Johnson and Tony Atlas became the first black world tag team champions in WWE history when they defeated The Wild Samoans on Dec. 10, 1983.\r\nThe statement didn\u2019t provide details on the cause or location of Johnson\u2019s death.\r\n\u201cA loss for every fan of @WWE, Rocky Johnson was a barrier-breaking performer. Our thoughts are with his family at this time,\u201d WWE executive and wrestler Paul \u201cTriple H\u201d Levesque tweeted.\r\nJohnson later helped train his son, who adopted the Rocky moniker from his father. Johnson came to his son\u2019s aid after a match at WrestleMania in 1997. The Rock inducted his father into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.\r\nFormer professional wrestler Brian Blair, another 1980s WWE star, was friends with Johnson for decades and they still went to church together in the Tampa, Florida area. Blair told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Johnson had complained of an unspecified illness of late and had missed church that he attended with Blair and other former wrestlers. Blair said Johnson\u2019s wife, Sheila, was distraught over her husband\u2019s death.\r\n\u201cHe was just under the weather, he thought he had the flu or something,\u201d Blair said by phone. \u201cI said, \u2018You, need to get checked out, Rocky.\u2019 He said he\u2019d be OK. Then he missed this Sunday, a few days ago. When I talked to him again, he said he still wasn\u2019t feeling good and he still missed church. He still didn\u2019t get checked out. I talked to Sheila and she said he was just being stubborn. He died at home, today.\u201d\r\nJohnson was born Wayde Douglas Bowles and started his wrestling career in the mid-1960s. He spent the bulk of his career in the National Wrestling Alliance and later joined the then-World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s. He formed a tag team with Atlas known as \u201cSoul Patrol\u201d and became of one the popular teams of the era. Johnson retired in the early 1990s, but helped introduce his son to officials at WWE.