Sylvester Stallone’s 36-year-old son Sage Moonblood Stallone, who appeared with his father in Rocky V, was found dead in his Los Angeles home Friday, reports People.
Sage Stallone was found unresponsive by an employee and a relative. There were no signs of foul play or trauma, and no suicide note was found, Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said.
“Sylvester Stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son Sage Stallone,” says publicist Michelle Bega in a statement. “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.”
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, according to USA Today.
Police officers were called to the house at 2:17 p.m. and discovered the body.
“It sounds like a terrible tragedy. He was way too young to die,” LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said.
He added that reports that Sage died from a prescription overdose are premature.
“It could have been a heart attack or a stroke,” he says, adding the coroner’s office will likely spend several weeks on a toxicology report before it can reach any such conclusion.
Sage Stallone made his acting debut in 1990’s Rocky V and also appeared with his father in 1996’s “Daylight.”
“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 friends and acquaintances had become concerned because they hadn’t heard from Stallone in the past day.
“(Sage) was full of life, a wonderful, loving person,” says Braunstein. “The last time I talked to him a few days ago he was saying he was getting married, he had a lot of things he was working on and seemed very enthusiastic. There was no indication there was any problem.”
Back 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.”
“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 Stallone was planning on getting married for the first time, and had frequent requests to work on films.
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.
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. Sasha Czack, had also been notified of her son’s passing.