Carl Weathers was reported dead in 2015 after a ‘R.I.P. Carl Weathers’ Facebook page appeared online in November. The site was a hoax and one in a string of celebrity death hoaxes circulating at the time.
The Facebook hoax was bolstered by a relatively believable account of the actor’s passing, along with many messages of condolence written on the page. However, many readers did not believe the story due to other similar hoaxes and because the story had not appeared on any major news networks. Representatives of Weathers quickly quashed any rumors of his death.
Weathers is a former professional football player turned actor. He is well known for his role as Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” movies and also had major roles in “Predator,” “Action Jackson” and “Happy Gilmore.”