The film and boxing world was on Friday, saddened and thrown into mourning after the cold hands of death snatched away Carl Weathers, an American actor, director and football linebacker.
Carl’s acting career which spanned over 50 years, began following a brief American football career.
Weathers rose to fame after his portrayal of “Apollo Creed” in the Rocky film franchise.
In that movie, he starred alongside Sylvester Stallone who was the main protagonist.
One cannot begin to imagine how Stallone would react to the news of his demise.
Stallone posted a heartfelt and emotional tribute, calling him an “integral part of my life”.
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.”
Sylvester Stallone’s tribute to Carl Weathers
Stallone was visibly emotional throughout the video, holding his words together through sheer mental fortitude.
“When he walked into that room and I saw him for the first time, I saw greatness, but I didn’t realize how great. I never could have accomplished what we did with Rocky without him.
He was absolutely brilliant. His voice, his size, his power, his athletic ability, but more importantly: his heart, his soul. He was magic, and I was so fortunate to be part of his life. So Apollo, keep punching.”
Weathers played fan-sensation Apollo Creed in the first four Rocky films, leading up to his death in Rocky IV at the hands of Dolph Lundgren’s “Ivan Drago”.
Stallone’s “Rocky Balboa” and Creed develop an extremely close friendship.
This came after being rivals throughout the first two movies.
This on-screen chemistry translated to a very close interpersonal relationship in the real world, and now, all Stallion has left of Carl is the memory they shared.