Carl Weathers dead: Actor who starred in Rocky movies and The Mandalorian dies at 76

NFL linebacker-turned-action icon Carl Weathers died Thursday. He was 76.

Weathers, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise, died “peacefully” in his sleep, according to a report citing a statement released by his family.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers,” the statement read. “He died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, February 1st, 2024.”

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

Born in New Orleans on Jan. 14, 1948, Weathers was an athlete who excelled in football, playing in college for both San Diego
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