Rob Delaney and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shared a touching moment during Monday night’s episode of The One Show.
The stars appeared on the British TV show to discuss their upcoming plans, including Rob’s memoir of his late son Henry, who died aged two in 2018 from a brain tumour.
Rob, who later worked with Dwayne in the 2019 film Hobbs and Shaw, recalled how the American superstar reached out to him with a “sweet” message following Henry’s death.
Loss: Rob Delaney and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson shared a touching moment on Monday night’s episode of The One Show as they remembered their friendship
After Rob revealed the sad news of Henry’s death in a social media post in 2018, Dwayne led the online tributes even though he hadn’t worked with the comedian yet.
The tweet read: ‘Stay strong my friend. My ohana sends love and light to you and your ohana.’
“He sent me a lovely tweet after Henry died, which he didn’t have to do,” Rob recalled on The One Show. “It was very nice and it made me feel good.”
Dwayne seemed to wipe away a tear as he explained, “I have babies at home, all 21, six and four year old girls. This story, hearing this shook us in our house.
Emotional: Dwayne explained how he contacted Rob after the tragic death of his two-year-old son Henry in 2018 from a brain tumor
Rob smiled adding, “Dwayne did a good role model, he said Henry’s name and said something nice, and he just did it.”
Disaster star Rob lovingly described his son as ‘a very sweet, mischievous and funny boy’ who ‘immediately felt he should be very magnetic, lovable and attractive because our home was a zoo “.
Henry was diagnosed with a brainstem tumor just after his first birthday. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor, which Rob said left him “severely physically disabled, but his frontal lobe was unaffected, so he was still very funny and mischievous.”
Rob explained on The One Show that he decided to write about Henry in his new book A Heart That Works to help other bereaved parents.
‘Sweet’: “He sent me a sweet tweet after Henry died, which he didn’t have to do,” Rob recalled on The One Show. “It was very nice and made me feel good” (Dwayne and Rob pictured with Dwayne’s Black Adam co-star Noah Centineo on The One Show)
“It’s not brave, it’s just what other bereaved people have done for me and my wife,” he insisted.
“If I can write a book that can reach someone in a Yorkshire suburb who can’t make it to a bereaved parents’ meeting in London, then I have to.”
An excerpt from the book published in The Sunday Times last week provided harrowing accounts of the difficult time for Rob and his wife Leah.
It wasn’t until the day after he and Sharon Horgan won a BAFTA for comedy writing on Catastrophe in April 2016 that he and Leah learned little Henry might have a brain tumor.
Devastating: Rob explained he decided to write about Henry in his new book A Heart That Works to help other bereaved parents
He described that period of time – although it was the height of his success so far – and the months that followed, as “obscured by fog”.
“Grief drove a bus into the part of my brain where memories are stored,” he said. “After the MRI, Dr Anson confirmed that Henry had a large tumor on the back of his head, near his brainstem.
“He announced the news calmly and ended by saying that a pediatric neurosurgeon would come to see us in a few hours. We have sunk within ourselves.
‘The heaviest pain in the world. I felt like I had suddenly quadrupled in weight and a black, oily swirl began to swirl where my heart had been.
Family: Catastrophe star Rob lovingly described his son as ‘a very nice, mischievous and funny boy’. Henry was diagnosed with a brainstem tumor just after his first birthday
The 45-year-old then explained how they were introduced to a brain surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital who was going to try to surgically remove the tumour.
Little Henry had only turned one less than two weeks ago.
After the successful operation, Henry spent two months in the intensive care unit before being transferred to the cancer ward where he received chemotherapy for several months.
And while that was happening, the couple made an ‘active decision’ to protect their marriage by going on a date once a week, even though Henry was in intensive care.
After 15 months in hospital, Henry was finally allowed to return home. Those months at home with his two older brothers were great for the family, Rob said, but it all came to a horrific end once again when a post-MRI scan revealed the cancer had started to come back.
Henry died on Rob’s 41st birthday in January 2018.
A Heart That Works will be released on Thursday, October 20.
Devoted dad: Rob wrote the sitcom Catastrophe during his son’s cancer battle (pictured with co-star Sharon Horgan)