Hollywood has lost another great actor.
On Thursday, it was revealed that Rocky star Tony Burton passed away at 78-years-old. How sad!
Burton’s cause of death has yet to be revealed, but his sister Loretta Kelly shared that the former boxer had been in and out of the hospital several times this past year.
In case you forgot, Tony was best known for playing Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weather‘s characters’ trainer Tony “Duke” Evers in the popular film franchise. Not to mention, it’s said that the Hook actor was so ill that he was unable to see the franchise’s spin-off movie Creed.
Carl has since taken to Twitter to express his sorrow in losing his former costar. He wrote:
Of course, Mr. Weathers isn’t the only one to mourn Burton’s loss as several fans have taken to the social media site to pay tribute (below) to the on-screen trainer.
RIP Tony Burton. You were so memorable as Duke in the Rocky films.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Melissa (@WhoaMellyNYC) February 26, 2016
RIP Tony Burton. Apollo and Rocky wouldn’t have been the same without you.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Mike Miller (@yankee2479) February 26, 2016
Tony Burton, the actor who played Tony “Duke” Evers in the “Rocky” movies has died. He was 78. Thank you for some great performances! R.I.P.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ SlyStalloneFanbase (@TheSlyFanbase) February 26, 2016
Outside of the boxing movies, Tony was also known as a former champ as he took home two Flint Golden Gloves light heavyweight titles before becoming a professional fighter for a bit. Wow!
Our thoughts are with Tony’s family during this trying time.
[Image via Fabrizio Picco/WENN.]