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Legendary Actor and Athlete Carl Weathers Passes Away at 76

In a somber turn of events, the world bid farewell to a true icon as former Oakland Raiders linebacker and Hollywood star Carl Weathers passed away at the age of 76 on February 1. Known for his roles in the “Rocky” film series and various other blockbuster hits, Weathers’ legacy transcended the realms of sports and entertainment, leaving an indelible mark on fans worldwide.

The news of Weathers’ passing was confirmed by his family in a heartfelt statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers,” the statement read. “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.”

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According to a death certificate obtained by The Blast, Weathers succumbed to “atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease” at his residence in Venice, California. The actor is survived by his sons Matthew and Jason Weathers, born during his marriage to ex-wife Mary Ann Castle from 1973 to 1983.

Weathers’ journey to stardom was a remarkable one, starting on the gridiron with the Oakland Raiders and the CFL’s BC Lions before transitioning to a successful acting career in the 1970s. Reflecting on his decision to pursue acting, Weathers once shared in an interview with Sports Illustrated in 2023, “I knew that it’s time for me to walk away from this. It’s not what I really want to do. I’m going to go to Los Angeles and give myself a shot. I was blessed enough to have made it.”

The versatile actor’s accolades extended beyond the football field, with a Primetime Emmy nomination in 2021 for his portrayal of Greef Karga in the acclaimed “Star Wars” series, “The Mandalorian.” Weathers’ filmography boasted a diverse range of characters, including Colonel Al Dillon in “Predator,” Jericho Jackson in “Action Jackson,” and Mark Jefferies in “Chicago P.D.”

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As fans and colleagues mourn the loss of a true talent, Carl Weathers’ legacy will endure through his timeless performances and profound impact on the worlds of sports and entertainment.

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