The sad and sudden demise of actor Carl Weathers is still whipping up reactions as colleagues, fans, and the entire world continues to mourn his death.
Weathers was a beloved figure in the entertainment industry who became part of the cultural zeitgeist through his performances.
Since commencement of his acting career, Weathers was part of at least one major movie during each decade.
But his roles in two of the most famous sports movies of all-time are what made people remember him forever.
In the late ’70s, he starred as Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise. Weathers also shared some cherished moments with Adam Sandler, on the set of the golf cult classic comedy, ‘Happy Gilmore’.
Carl Weather at a glance
Born January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, Carl’s father was a day laborer.
Weather earned an athletic scholarship as an eighth-grade student.
The scholarship was to St. Augustine High School, a private school. As an all-around athlete, he was involved in boxing, football, gymnastics, judo, soccer, and even wrestling.
He played football and graduated from Long Beach Poly High School in 1966.
Carl Weather’s cause of death
In 1996, Carl Weathers also starred in the world famous Adam Sandler comedy, ‘Happy Gilmore as former pro golfer Chubbs.
But that did not mark his actual return to form and success. This success didn’t come until his role as Greef Karga in ‘The Mandalorian’ Disney/Star Wars series.
His performance in the series earned him an Emmy nomonation for Outstanding Guest Actor.
The recent news of his death has sparked numerous reactions as people are already wondering how the beloved actor passed away.
His family released a statement in which they explain exactly how this happened.
According to a statement released by his family as reported by Deadline, this is Carl Weathers’ cause of death: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers. He died peacefully in his sleep. 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.”
Adam Sandler’s tribute
After the news broke, crowds of celebrities and people from the entertainment industry have poured out their condolences.
Happy Gilmore’s own Adam Sandler played the titular character in the famous comedy which he starred alongside Weathers’ Chubbs Peterson character.
Sandler while reacting to the news, described Weathers as a great man and actor.
In his words, “A true great man. Great dad. Great actor. Great athlete. So much fun to be around always. Smart as hell. Loyal as hell. Funny as hell. Loved his sons more than anything. What a guy!! Everyone loved him.
My wife and I had the best times with him every time we saw him. Love to his entire family and Carl will always be known as a true legend.”
Sandler accompanied his tribute with some of the most iconic images and moments of Weathers when they shared the set of the Happy Gilmore movie.
One scene in particular of this film, captures the Chubbs character playing the piano after having recovered his hand and presumably in the afterlife.
In that analigy, Chubbs is part of Happy Gilmore’s happy place, which is a perfect allegory of how people want to remember Carl Weathers after his untimely passing.