Son of Sylvester Stallone dies in LA

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 36-year-old son of Sylvester Stallone was found dead Friday, leaving the actor grief-stricken, his publicist said.

Authorities were investigating Sage Stallone's death, but details were not immediately available.

"Sylvester Stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son," publicist Michelle Bega said in a statement. "His compassion and thoughts are with Sage's mother, Sasha."

Los Angeles police said they were dispatched to investigate a death at a home on Mulholland Terrace around 2:15 p.m. but could not confirm the person's identity or offer details.

Coroner's officials also said they were in the initial investigative stages.

"Sage was a very talented and wonderful young man, his loss will be felt forever," Bega said.

George Braunstein, an attorney who has represented Sage Stallone for 15 years, said a housekeeper found his body Friday afternoon. Friends and acquaintances had become concerned because they hadn't heard from Stallone in the past day, Braunstein said.

Sage Moonblood Stallone was the oldest of Sylvester Stallone's children and co-starred with his father in two films. He was the first of two sons Stallone had with first wife Sasha Czack.

Sage Stallone made his acting debut in 1990's "Rocky V" and also appeared with his father in 1996's "Daylight."

Also in 1996, Sage Stallone and veteran film editor Bob Murawski co-founded Grindhouse Releasing, a company dedicated to preserving and promoting the B-movies and exploitation films of the 1970s and 80s.

"He was very respectful of all the actors in all the movies," Braunstein said. "You couldn't mention a movie that he didn't know everything about."
Sage Stallone also directed the 2006 short "Vic," which screened at the Palm Springs Film Festival.

Braunstein said Stallone was planning on getting married for the first time, and had frequent requests to work on films.

"He was a full of life filmmaker with his whole future ahead of him," Braunstein said. "He was just very up and enthusiastic and positive.

"I think it was probably some sort of accident," he said of the death.

Braunstein said Sage Stallone greatly admired his father but was working hard to make his own name in the film industry.

"He was very proud of his father and proud to be his father's son," Braustein said.
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UPDATE: 5:15 PM PT: Sylvester Stallone's rep, Michelle Bega, tells TMZ, "Sylvester Stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son Sage Stallone. His compassion and thoughts are with Sage's mother, Sasha. Sage was a very talented and wonderful young man. His loss will be felt forever."

6:04 PM PT: Now here's a crazy picture -- the L.A. County Coroner van, flanked by a celebrity tour filled with snap-happy tourists. Welcome to Hollywood, folks.

Sage Stallone -- Sylvester Stallone's son -- has died and sources tell us the cause was an overdose of pills.

The details surrounding the death are still unclear .. but we're told he was found in his L.A. home by either a maid or his girlfriend. Paramedics were called to the home and pronounced him dead at the scene.

Sources tell us authorities are trying to determine if the death was intentional or accidental.

We're told Sylvester is a "wreck."

Sage famously made his film debut alongside his father in the 1990 movie "Rocky 5" -- playing the role of Rocky's son Robert Balboa.

He went on to act and direct in several films ... including the 1996 film "Daylight."

Sage's mother is Sasha Czack.
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - There were no signs of foul play or trauma in the death of Sage Stallone, whose sudden passing at the age of 36 left his father Sylvester Stallone devastated, a publicist and investigators said.

Sage Stallone was found unresponsive in his Los Angeles home Friday by an employee and a relative, and police arrived and confirmed he was dead, Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said.

"Sylvester Stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son," publicist Michelle Bega said in a statement. "His compassion and thoughts are with Sage's mother, Sasha."

The cause of death was not clear.

No suicide note was found, Winter said, though prescription bottles were recovered from the home on Mulholland Drive in the Studio City area. Winter could not say what kind of medication bottles or how many, and whether they had a role in the death.

Winter said an autopsy will be performed in the next few days and investigators will look into Stallone's medical history, but a cause of death was likely to take several weeks while toxicology tests are performed.

George Braunstein, an attorney who has represented Sage Stallone for 15 years, said friends and acquaintances had become concerned because they hadn't heard from Stallone in the past day, Braunstein said. He said the employee who found the body was a housekeeper.

Sylvester Stallone appeared Thursday at Comic-Con, the San Diego pop culture festival, to promote his upcoming film "Expendables 2" with friend and co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was not clear whether he had remained at the convention or had returned to Los Angeles Friday.

Sage Moonblood Stallone was the oldest of Sylvester Stallone's children and co-starred with his father in two films. He was the first of two sons Stallone had with first wife Sasha Czack.

"Sage was a very talented and wonderful young man, his loss will be felt forever," Bega said.

Sage Stallone made his acting debut in 1990's "Rocky V" and also appeared with his father in 1996's "Daylight."

Also in 1996, Sage Stallone and veteran film editor Bob Murawski co-founded Grindhouse Releasing, a company dedicated to preserving and promoting the B-movies and exploitation films of the 1970s and 80s.

"He was very respectful of all the actors in all the movies," Braunstein said. "You couldn't mention a movie that he didn't know everything about."

Sage Stallone also directed the 2006 short "Vic," which screened at the Palm Springs Film Festival.

Braunstein said Stallone was planning on getting married for the first time, and had frequent requests to work on films.

"He was a full of life filmmaker with his whole future ahead of him," Braunstein said. "He was just very up and enthusiastic and positive.

"I think it was probably some sort of accident," he said of the death.

Braunstein said Sage Stallone greatly admired his father but was working hard to make his own name in the film industry.

"He was very proud of his father and proud to be his father's son," Braustein said.
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. . . as reports surface home was 'littered with junk' and he had not spoken to family in days

The body of Sylvester Stallone's son laid undiscovered for at least three to four days before being found Friday in his Los Angeles home, according to new reports.
Coroner's officials are investigating the death of 36-year-old Sage Stallone who is understood to have overdosed on prescription pills found at the scene.
According to TMZ, the filmmaker 'lived like Howard Hughes' in a room 'littered with junk' - and his body could have laid cold for as long as a week.
A source told the website Sage was living like a recluse at his Studio City home, and had not spoken to his family for a week before his body was discovered.
A housekeeper who is believed to have been at the residence earlier in the week was reported to have been instructed never to enter his room, which a law enforcement source described as 'disgusting' and foul-smelling.
Sage's mother, Sasha Czack, is said to have called the housekeeper on Friday to check on him after she was unable to reach her son. That is when the body was discovered, according to TMZ.
A friend of Sylvester Stallone's late son has meanwhile disputed reports the 36-year-old committed suicide, saying he was 'healthy and upbeat' just two weeks before his sudden death.
As coroner's officials investigate if the death was accidental, a friend of the young filmmaker says he is baffled by the news because he 'never knew him to do drugs'.
The friend, who was not identified by RadarOnline, told the website: 'I saw him two weeks ago and he seemed great. He was healthy and upbeat and didn't seem depressed at all.
'I never knew him to do drugs, not even weed, so for him to die from an overdose is kind of shocking to me. I am totally stunned.'
Sylvester Stallone on Friday said he is 'devastated' and 'grief-stricken' over the death of his son.
A source told Radar that medics arrived on the scene at 3.05pm Friday afternoon and spent around 25 minutes trying to revive Sage before his death was pronounced at the scene.
His body was taken straight to the coroner's office - and the insider claims no suicide not was found.
'I suspect he had been dead for quite a while when he was discovered,' the source told the website.
'Usually medics will be at the scene for around forty-five minutes but they were out of there within half an hour.
'There were a number of prescription bottles found at the scene but it did not appear to be suicide and no note was found.'
A 9-1-1 call was placed shortly before 3pm and the caller said Sage wasn't breathing and indicated it could be a drug overdose, Radar reports. An autopsy is scheduled to take place in the next 48 hours.
Shortly after news of Sage's death, a spokesman released a statement on behalf of his action hero father, 66, who was at the Comic Con film convention in San Diego yesterday.
'Sylvester Stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son,' the actor's spokesperson Michelle Bega said in the statement.
'His compassion and thoughts are with Sage's mother, Sasha.'
'He was a very talented and wonderful young man. His loss will be felt forever.'
Police said they found the younger Stallone in the home while responding to a 'welfare check', however Sages' lawyer George Braunstein said he was found by a housekeeper.
Friends and acquaintances had become concerned because they hadn't heard from Sage in the past day.
Braunstein said the death came as a shock, telling the New York Post this afternoon: 'He was in good spirits, and working on all kinds of projects.
'He was planning on getting married. I am just devastated. He was an extremely wonderful, loving guy. This is a tragedy.'
Sage Moonblood Stallone was the oldest of Sylvester Stallone's children and co-starred with his father in two films. He was the first of two sons Stallone had with first wife Sasha Czack.
He made his acting debut in 1990's Rocky V - he played his Stallone's onscreen son - and also appeared with his father in 1996's Daylight.
Also in 1996, Sage Stallone and veteran film editor Bob Murawski co-founded Grindhouse Releasing, a company dedicated to preserving and promoting the B-movies and exploitation films of the 1970s and 80s.
He also directed the 2006 short Vic, which screened at the Palm Springs Film Festival.
Braunstein said Sage had frequent requests to work on films.
'He was a full of life filmmaker with his whole future ahead of him,' he said. 'He was just very up and enthusiastic and positive.
'I think it was probably some sort of accident,' he said of the death.
Braunstein added that Sage Stallone greatly admired his father but was working hard to make his own name in the film industry.
'He was very proud of his father and proud to be his father's son,' he said.
Stallone's split from Sage's mother Czack in 1985 after 11 years together. They also have a another son Seargeoh, 32, who is autistic
He wed model and actress Brigitte Nielsen in the following December in Beverly Hills but they split just two years later in a very public divorce.
He married third wife, Jennifer Flavin, in 1997 after an eight-year on-again, off-again relationship and they have three daughters: Sophia Rose, 15, Sistine Rose, 14, and Scarlet Rose, 10.
Sage, who was raised by his mother following his parents' divorce, felt distant from his father growing up, a theme which hit home as they were filming Rocky V together.
‘When I was screaming, “You never spent time with me! You never spent time with my mother!” - that was true,’ he told People magazine in 1996. ‘I was looking into my father's face and really saying that.’
But it proved a turning point for the father and son, who went on to form a close bond and they acted again together in the 1996 film Daylight.
‘Between takes, Sly and Sage would roll around in the dirt like two puppies,’ the director Rob Cohen observed at the time.
Sage certainly felt the pressure of growing up with such a famous father and would worry that he would never match his success.
‘I tell him, “As long as you give it your best, that's all that matters,” his mother Sasha said in that same year.
Sage went on to pursue a career behind the camera and shunned the wild Hollywood party scene, preferring to watch horror zombie films instead.
‘People call me a hermit,’ he said while promoting the film. ‘But I'm happy.’
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