Carl Weathers, who played Apollo Creed in 'Rocky' movies, dead at 76

Credit: REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

Feb 2 (Reuters) - Actor Carl Weathers, a former professional American football player who shot to stardom by playing the brash and charismatic boxer Apollo Creed in the "Rocky" movies, died on Thursday, his manager said in a statement on Friday.

"We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers. He died peacefully in his sleep," manager Matt Luber said in a statement.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; editing by Diane Craft)

((daniel.trotta@reuters.com;))

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