Actor Carl Weathers, who appeared in movies like “Rocky” and “Predator,” has died at age 76. His demise was announced by his family in a statement, in which they wrote, “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers.”

“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,” the statement read further, according to Deadline.

The cause of his death is unknown at this time.

Actor, comedian and producer Adam Sandler wrote about the late actor in a post to X, in which he called him “a true great man,” a “great actor,” a “great dad” and “great athlete.”

“So much fun to be around always. Smart as hell. Loyal as hell. Funny as hell. Loved his sons more than anything. What a guy!! Everyone loved him. My wife and I had the best times with him every time we saw him. Love to his entire family and Carl will always be known as a true legend,” he added.

Weathers has appeared in over 75 films and TV shows over the past five decades. He gained international fame with his appearance in the “Rocky” franchise in which he played Apollo Creed, the heavyweight champion of the world who gave club fighter Rocky Balboa a chance.

Weathers maintained his role in 1979’s “Rocky II, 1982’s “Rocky III” and 1985’s “Rocky IV” in which his character was killed off during a faceoff against Russian heavyweight Ivan Drago.

Weathers is also known for his appearance in the comedy “Happy Gilmore” as golf coach Derick “Chubbs” Peterson.

Weathers’ recent work include the hit Disney+ Star Wars series “The Mandalorian,” in which he played the role of Greef Karga opposite Pedro Pascal. His role in the series earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

While a film version of the series is in the works, it is unclear if Weathers was a part of it.

Having gotten married three times, Weathers leaves behind his ex-wife, Mary Ann and their two sons, Jason and Matthew.