Carl Weathers’ Cause of Death Revealed After Touching Super Bowl Tribute

Carl Weathers’ Cause of Death Revealed After Touching Super Bowl Tribute

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Carl Weathers’s cause of death has been reported on the same day that a special tribute aired during the Super Bowl.

Carl Weathers, a veteran actor of both the big screen and the small screen, passed away on Thursday, February 1.

He was 76 years old.

A former professional football player, Weathers got his major break as the character of Apollo Creed in the first four Rocky films… going on to appear in such hit movies as Predator, Happy Gilmore and Action Jackson.

Carl Weathers in Las Vegas
Carl Weathers stands on the Las Vegas Raiders sideline before the team’s game against the Houston Texans at Allegiant Stadium on October 23, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Texans 38-20. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Carl Weathers’ Cause Of Death: He Died In His Sleep

In the weeks that followed the news, it was reported that he died of “atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease,” according to a death certificate obtained by The Blast.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers,” his family said in their initial statement about his passing.

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“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.”

Carl Weathers in 2017
Carl Weathers attends The Season 2 Premiere Of “Shades Of Blue” hosted by NBC And The Cinema Society at The Roxy Hotel Cinema on March 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

His Memorable Career

Overall, Weathers (a native of New Orleans) starred in over 75 films and television shows.

His beloved character of Apollo — the long-time heavyweight champion of the world until Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky defeated him — was killed off in Rocky IV.

Over the past few years, however, Michael B. Jordan has anchored a trio of movies titled Creed, piggybacking off the popularity of Weathers’ former role to star as Apollo’s son.

Weathers also had a memorable turn as Derick “Chubbs” Peterson opposite Adam Sandler in Happy Gilmore, portraying the title character’s golf coach.

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Peterson was a professional golfer who was forced to leave the tour after lost his hand to an alligator.

Carl Weathers at a premiere
Carl Weathers attends the premiere of Disney+’s “The Mandalorian” at the El Capitan Theatre on November 13, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images)

For his time on The Mandalorian, Weather was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

The Super Bowl Tribute To Carl

In the month before his death, Weathers filmed a FanDuel commercial for Super Bowl LVIII, appearing opposite Rob Gronkowski.

Prior to launching his acting career, Weathers played in the NFL for Oakland Raiders (1970–1971) and then in Canada for the BC Lions (1971–1973). So the moment felt full circle.

The ad was originally meant to be a vehicle for Gronk, but after Carl’s passing, it became clear that the spot was a memorial to the great actor.

In fact, it was the last project he worked on before his death.

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“Thank You, Carl 1948-2024,” read an onscreen graphic right after Weathers said to Rob Gronkowski, who co-starred in the retooled ad, “You gave us your all, Gronk.”

Why Weathers Stuck with Acting and not Football

Carl Weathers in 2022
Carl Weathers attends the panel for “The Mandalorian” series at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California on May 28, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Back in 2020, the veteran star told newspaper Gambit that he discovered a passion for performing at a young age, performing in plays.

“I was bitten by the bug, as they say,” Weather explained at the time.

“On stage having people laugh at the good lines and applaud at the end — it’s pretty, pretty infectious. Once that bug gets inside you, it’s kind of hard to give it up.”

Carl Weathers’ Cause of Death Revealed After Touching Super Bowl Tribute was originally published on The Hollywood Gossip.

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