Rocky star Carl Weathers’ cause of death revealed as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease ahead of Super Bowl honor

CARL Weathers’ cause of death has been revealed a week after the beloved actor died in his sleep.

Weathers, who is best known for his role as Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise, died at his home in Venice, California, on February 2.

Carl Weather's official cause of death has been revealed


Carl Weather’s official cause of death has been revealed
He was best known for his role in the Rocky films


He was best known for his role in the Rocky films

The 76-year-old died of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to his death certificate obtained by The Blast on Friday.

Before his death, the actors had filmed a Super Bowl commercial for FanDuel with former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The commercial will air during the Sunday game.

Last Friday, Sylvester Stallone, his Rocky co-star, posted an emotional video on Instagram.

“Hello everyone. Today is an incredibly sad day for me. I’m so torn up, I’m trying to hold it in because Carl Weathers was such an intricate part of my life, my success, everything about it,” he began as he stood in front of a painting of himself and Weathers.

“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 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. It’s a horrible loss.”

Stallone discussed the painting behind him saying how that was the last time they were in the ring together.

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“I’ll never forget it. He was magic and I was so fortunate to be a part of his life. So Apollo, keep punching.”

On Thursday, his family announced the passing of the star at his home.

Sylvester Stallone admits he’s ‘so torn up’ and holds back tears after Rocky co-star Carl Weather dies at 76

“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers,” his family said in a statement, according to Deadline.

“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.”


Weathers did many things in his life including acting, directing and playing as a professional footballer.

He grew up playing multiple sports including boxing, football, gymnastics, soccer, wrestling, and judo.

While at San Diego State University, he assisted the San Diego State Aztecs win the 1969 Pasadena Bowl.

He graduated with a degree in theater arts and was signed with the Oakland Raiders as a free agent in 1970.

He played as a linebacker for the Raiders and retired in 1974, according to Sports Illustrated.

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The same year, he graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in drama.

Weathers went on to spend almost 50 years in the industry, appearing in movies, TV shows, animated films, and lending his voice and likeness to several video games.

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