The official cause of death of “Rocky” star Carl Weathers has been revealed


Carl Weathers' official cause of death was revealed on Friday, a week after the actor died in his sleep, according to a report.

Withers, beloved for his role as Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” film franchise, died of cardiovascular disease, according to his death certificate. Obtained by explosion.

The 76-year-old died at his home in Venice, California, just after midnight on February 2 after battling heart disease for years.

The affidavit listed his son, Matthew Weathers, as the person who reported his death to authorities. Then his body was cremated.

His family announced his death last week.

Carl Weathers died in his sleep on February 2, according to his death certificate. Getty Images
Weathers is best known for his role as Apollo Creed. Getty Images

“Carl was an extraordinary human being who lived an extraordinary life,” the Withers family said in a statement. “Through his contributions to film, television, the arts and sports, he left an indelible mark recognized around the world and across generations. He was a brother, father, grandfather, partner and friend.”

Born in New Orleans in 1948, Withers had a Hollywood career that spanned more than 50 years.

He had memorable roles in “Predator,” “Happy Gilmore” and “The Mandalorian” — but he's best remembered for playing the famous fictional boxer Apollo Creed.

Weather first appeared as Apollo Creed in 1976's “Rocky,” before reprising the role in 1979's “Rocky II” and 1982's “Rocky III.”

Withers' career spanned more than 50 years. © Lorimar Film Entertainment/Courtesy Everett Collection
Withers played college football and had a short stint in the NFL before becoming an actor. ©MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection

The character was killed in the ring by Ivan Drogo (Dolph Lundgren) in the 1985 film “Rocky IV,” but today he lives on in another generation with Michael B. Jordan, who played Adonis, the son of Apollo Creed, in a trilogy of “Creed” films throughout the year. last decade.

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Weathers' prolific career has also included voicing Combat Carl in the “Toy Story” franchise and playing a fictionalized version of himself in “Arrested Development.”

Weathers has also appeared in the hit TV shows “The Shield,” “Street Justice,” “Colony,” “Chicago PD,” and “Brothers.”

His work on “The Mandalorian” earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 2021 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

Weathers is also known for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “The Return”.

Before appearing on the big screen, he played college football at San Diego State University, and in 1970, he signed with the Oakland Raiders as a free agent.

He played in eight NFL games as a linebacker and strong safety over two seasons.

Before his death, Weathers filmed a Super Bowl commercial for FanDuel with former Patriots player Rob Gronkowski, which will air during the big game on Sunday.

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