Tony Burton, who played Duke – Apollo Creed’s trainer in the Rocky movies, has ultimately passed away at the age of 78. Read more after the jump.

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Duke (Burton) also trained Rocky in the fourth movie after Apollo dies in ring. Prior to his acting career, Burton was a professional light heavyweight boxer and football player. Burton also starred in “The Shining” & “Stir Crazy”.

Rocky co-star Carl Weathers, confirmed the death in a tweet, “RIP Tony Burton. intensity and talent helped make the Rocky movie successful #BePeace.”

Rest in peace.