Carl Weathers was the long time actor best known for his roles as Apollo Creed in the Rocky Films ( 1976-1985), as well as memorable roles in “Happy Gilmore” and “The Mandalorian” has passed away at 76.

Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, and Adam Sandler pay tributes to Carl Weathers, who played Apollo Creed in Rocky films.

American actor Carl Weathers died at the age of 76 on Thursday, February 1. Weathers’ family confirmed the news of his death in a statement, saying he “died peacefully in his sleep.” His death left fans of the Rocky Franchise devastated as Weathers was most famous for his role as Apollo Creed. Following the news of Weathers’ death, Sylvester Stallone, who starred alongside him in Rocky films, paid a touching tribute to his co-star.

Sylvester Stallone’s emotional tribute to Rocky co-star Carl Weathers

Stallone, who portrayed Rocky Balboa, took to social media to express his grief over Weathers’ death. In a video shared on Instagram on Friday, Stallone said, “Today is an incredibly sad day for me. I’m so torn up I can’t even tell you.” “I’m just trying to hold it in because Carl Weathers was such an integral part of my life, my success, everything about it,” he continued.

Mariska HargitaySnoop Dogg and Octavia Spencer and Jamie Foxx are among some of the stars who paid tribute to the late actor, best known for his roles in RockyPredator and The Mandalorian, after he died at age 76 on Thursday.

On Friday, Hargitay, 60, posted a selfie of her and Weathers in a car together on set while filming Law & Order: SVU during his guest appearance on the show back in 2018.

The Rambo star said, “I give him incredible credit and kudos because when he walked into that room, and I saw him for the first time, I saw greatness, but I didn’t realise how great, adding, 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 and his soul. It’s a horrible loss,” Stallone expressed. “It was probably the last moment we were ever in the ring together, and I’ll never forget it. He was magic, and I was so fortunate to be part of his life. So, Apollo, keep punching,” he added.

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