‘Rocky’ actor Tony Burton dies at 78

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LOS ANGELES: Tony Burton, who drew on his career as a prizefighter to play boxing trainer Tony “Duke” Evers in all six “Rocky” films, died on Thursday aged 78. Sylvester Stallone, who stars in the franchise, led the tributes after relatives announced Burton’s death in a southern California hospital from suspected pneumonia following a long illness. Burton’s younger sister Loretta “Peaches” Kelley told MLive, a news portal based in his native Michigan, that Burton had been in and out of the hospital over a year. Burton outlived his son, Martin, who died of a heart attack two years ago, but is survived by his wife of 36 years, Rae.

AFP

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