Carl Weathers cause of death: Rocky and Predator actor, dead at 76

Space-Separated Links URL URL URL URL Space-Separated Links URL URL URL URL Space-Separated Links url url url url url url url url url url url url url url url url url url url url url url url url


Carl Weathers, who starred in Rocky and Predator, has died at 76 — with Adam Sandler writing a touching tribute.

His family released a statement through his agent to announce that he died “peacefully in his sleep” on February 1.

“Carl was an exceptional human being who lived an extraordinary life,” the statement continued. “Through his contributions to film, television, the arts and sports, he has left an indelible mark and is recognised worldwide and across generations. He was a beloved brother, father, grandfather, partner and friend.”

Weathers was best known for playing Apollo Creed alongside Sylvester Stallone in the first four Rocky films.

He first appeared in the iconic role in 1976’s “Rocky,” before reprising the role in 1979’s “Rocky II (1979), and 1982’s “Rocky III,” before the character was killed in the ring by Ivan Drogo (Dolph Lundgren) 1984’s “Rocky IV.”

The character’s legacy is still ongoing — as Michael B. Jordan plays Apollo Creed’s son in the “Creed” movies, which has seen 3 movies to date, with a fourth movie still coming.

He also starred in the 1987 film Predator and was recently seen on the small screen in “Star Wars” spin-off series The Mandalorian — a guest role for which he won an Emmy.

In a touching tribute Adam Sandler — who starred alongside Weathers in Happy Gilmore — said the late star was a “great man”.

— more to come

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *