Well this is a big mistake!
Entertainment Tonight reported actor Tony Burton‘s death — just as we did — early Friday morning, only they got one little detail wrong…
They confused him with his costar Carl Weathers!
When ET reported news of the death, they sent out the following tweet:
Yeah… so Burton didn’t play Apollo Creed in the movies, you goof balls — he played Apollo’s trainer!
Come on, man!!
Burton appeared in six Rocky movies in total, from the original flick in 1976 spanning 30 years to Rocky Balboa in 2006, but only ever as Tony “Duke” Evers, Apollo’s (and then Rocky’s) trainer and corner man.
Now, Burton was a boxer himself in real life, but again… he wasn’t Apollo Creed. That distinction was left for Carl Weathers, who BTW is still alive and working on a new TV show.
What are you doin’ over there, ET?!
[Image via Rachel Worth/FayesVision/WENN.]