"She's a survivor, in ways that make angels and miracles real," Dwayne Johnson wrote in praise of his mother.
Trigger Warning: The following article mentions suicide which some readers may find distressing.
Dwayne Johnson's mother recently got in a terrible car accident and survived. He took to Instagram to express gratitude for his mother's survival, praising the woman's resilience. The 50-year-old actor and former WWF icon posted a snapshot of a badly damaged red car on the Instagram post on Thursday. He shared that his mother, Ata Johnson, 74, was in the car. "Angels of mercy watched over my mom as she was in a car crash late last night," Johnson wrote in the caption, saying, "She'll survive and continue to get evaluated."
"This woman has survived lung cancer, tough marriage, a head-on collision with a drunk driver, and attempted suicide. She's a survivor, in ways that make angels and miracles real," he wrote in praise of his mother. Johnson praised first responders but did not provide any specifics about the incident. He wrote, "Thank you LAPD & LAFD for being so caring & focused. Thanks for staying on phone and talking me thru it all."
He concluded the post, adding, "I got one parent left, so if you still got your mom and dad make sure you hug 'em hard, cos you never know when you'll get that 3am call we never want to get."
Johnson has frequently praised his mother's resilience and posted heartfelt tributes to her on social media, per PEOPLE. In October 2020, he celebrated "Mama Rock" with a heartfelt Instagram post for her 72nd birthday. "We go down this unpredictable road of life and we never know what's around the corner - so we do our best to treat every day for what it is - a true blessing," he wrote. "And no one epitomizes that philosophy more than my mom. She's a survivor so every single day, she lives life to the fullest and is a shining beacon of love, joy and kindness."
The hardest time, according to Johnson, was when he was a teenager and his mother, Ata Johnson, made an attempt on her life after they lost their apartment, according to CNN. “She got out of the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic,” Johnson said. “I grabbed her and pulled her back onto the gravel shoulder of the road. What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is that to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever,” he said. “Probably best she doesn’t.”
Johnson said he’s now using their experiences to try and help others. “We both healed but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain,” he said. “We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.”
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