NFL Linebacker & Hollywood Actor Carl Weathers Dead at 76

( – The entertainment industry lost a legend on February 1 with the death of Carl Weathers. Most of the younger generation knows Weathers as Chubbs in the film “Happy Gilmore,” where he taught Happy, played by Adam Sandler, to practice restraint when putting golf balls. Weathers originally gained fame for his role as Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” movies. He went on to play a supporting role in “Predator,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2017, Weathers told The Daily Beast that it takes more than one hit movie to make it in Hollywood, and that “Fortunately those movies kept coming.”

Weathers’ family released a statement announcing his death, noting that the 76-year-old died in his sleep. His cause of death was not immediately known, but The Blast recently obtained his death certificate. It showed that Weathers died from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The death certificate also noted that his death was natural and a result of years of cardiovascular disease. His son Matthew contacted authorities to notify them of his death, according to the death certificate. Weathers left behind Matthew and another son named Jason. Their mother is Weathers’ ex-wife Mary Ann Castle.

Before making it on the big screen, Weathers played in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders from 1970 to 1971. He led the team to win the AFC West Division title before his release in 1971. Sylvester Stallone paid tribute to Weathers on Instagram, noting that he changed his life for the better after the first time they met. Adam Sandler also shared a heartfelt tribute on Instagram, writing that Weathers was “So much fun to be around always.” In 2021, Weathers was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as Greef Karga in the television series “The Mandalorian.” He also played a recurring role in the One Chicago Universe, which consisted of three different “Chicago” television series on NBC. A FanDuel commercial that originally aired during last year’s Super Bowl was edited to honor Weathers during this year’s Super Bowl.

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