Tributes have been paid to WWE hall of fame wrestler Rocky Johnson – who is also the father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, following his death aged 75.

Johnson, known as Soul Man, was a trailblazer in the ring and was the first African-American WWE tag team champion.

He retired in 1991 and his son Dwayne continued his wrestling legacy before becoming a major Hollywood star.

Dwayne inducted his father into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2008.

Announcing his death, the WWE said in a statement it “extends its condolences to Johnson’s family, friends and fans”.

Mick Foley, Booker T and Matt Hardy are among the wrestlers to have paid tribute.

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