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‘Rocky’ Actor Tony ‘Duke’ Evers Dies at 78

Actors Tony Burton and Sylvester Stallone pose at the premiere of MGM's 'Rocky Balboa' after party held at the Hollywood and Highland Ballroom, on December 13, 2006 in Hollywood, California.
Actors Tony Burton and Sylvester Stallone pose at the premiere of MGM’s ‘Rocky Balboa’ after party held at the Hollywood and Highland Ballroom, on December 13, 2006 in Hollywood, California.

*Tony Burton, best known for his role as Tony “Duke” Evers in “Rocky,” has died at at the age of 78.

Burton’s co-star Carl Weathers confirmed the news in a tweet on Thursday.

“E_Woodyard @TheSlyStallone Sad news. RIP Tony Burton. His intensity and talent helped make the Rocky movies successful. #BePeace,” Weathers wrote on Twitter.

Carl Weathers (L) and Tony Burton in "Rocky"
Carl Weathers (L) and Tony Burton in “Rocky”

MLIve reports that Burton’s younger sister Loretta Kelley also confirmed the news. She said her brother had intermittently spent time in the hospital over the last year, but was never given an official diagnosis. Before becoming an actor, Burton reportedly won two Flint Golden Gloves light heavyweight titles, before doing a short stint as a professional boxer. Following news of his death fans took to Twitter in tribute.

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