'Rocky' Actor, Former Boxer Tony Burton Dies at 78: Report

February 26, 2016 5:13 PM

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'Rocky' Actor, Former Boxer Tony Burton Dies at 78: Report

Tony Burton, who played Apollo Creed's inspirational boxing trainer in the "Rocky" franchise after his own glory days as a young prizefighter, died Thursday, his sister told MLive.com. He was 78.

Burton never received an official diagnosis, but he had been in and out of the hospital, younger sister Loretta "Peaches" Kelley told the website.

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