Dwayne Johnson tearful as Rob Delaney thanks him for reaching out after son died
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Dwayne Johnson had to wipe away tears as Rob Delaney recalled how The Rock reached out to him and offered kind words following the death of his two-year-old son. See the moment for yourself:
Both Delaney and Johnson appeared on the sofa of The One Show yesterday evening (18 October) to talk about their upcoming projects, though they have previously worked together on the 2019 film Hobbs & Shaw.
Delaney is currently sharing news of his memoir about his late son, Henry, who passed away in 2018. The presenters discussed the passing of the young boy during the show and stressed the importance of having supportive friends in such a tragic time.
Though Delaney and Johnson hadn't worked together at the time of Henry's death, Johnson reached out after the comedian shared news of his son's passing in social media posts.
"We hadn't [worked together] at this point but yeah he sent me a lovely tweet after Henry died which he didn't have to do, you know? And that was very sweet and made me feel great, and then a couple of years later we did Hobbs and Shaw," Delaney told the presenters.
The hosts acknowledged that it can be difficult to know what to say when someone loses a loved one, particularly a young child, and as a result can be 'intimidated into not saying something'.
Johnson could be seen wiping away tears as the guests reflected on the death of Delaney's son before explaining that he is a father himself to all girls, '21, 16 and four'.
"That story, hearing that rocked us in our household," Johnson said.
Delaney praised Johnson for creating a 'good template' on what to say to someone who is grieving, explaining that he said 'Henry's name and... said something sweet'.
"It made me feel nice," Delaney explained.
Johnson's tweet had offered encouragement for Delaney during the tragic period, reading: "Stay strong my friend. My ohana sends love and light to you and your ohana."
Delaney has previously explained how Henry first became sick when he was just 11 months old, when his parents noticed that he kept throwing up his food.
The mum and dad were initially told the young boy might have a urinary tract infection, but after seeking specialist help they found that Henry had a brain tumour which was pressing down on his emetic centre and causing him to be sick.
Henry underwent two years of treatment, but ultimately passed away in January 2018.