A source adds, "This came completely out of the blue. Sylvester did not see this coming for one minute. Sage was healthy, and Sylvester thought he was doing really well, this came from complete left field. Sylvester was very close to Sage and he is absolutely overwhelmed with grief by his death. He is totally stunned and still in a state of shock."
(Sasha was Stallone's first wife. They also have a son named Seargeoh who is autistic. Stallone also has three daughters with his current wife, Jennifer Flavin. In between Sasha and Jennifer, Stallone made the unwise choice of marrying Brigitte Nielsen.)
Sage Moonblood Stallone, yes, that's his real middle name, appeared with his dad in two movies. In 1990, he played Rocky's son in "Rocky 5". And he was in Sly's 1996 action flick "Daylight".
After that he co-founded Grindhouse Releasing, which was dedicated to restoring old horror and cult movies for theatrical re-release and DVD. Sage did act in some low-profile stuff in recent years, but he turned down the opportunity to play Rocky's son again in "Rocky Balboa" because of his Grindhouse obligations. (The part went to Milo Ventimiglia.)
When Sage was found dead at the age of 36, reports immediately surfaced that he died of a drug overdose. We're not sure yet if that's the case. An LAPD spokesman says such talk may be premature, "It sounds like a terrible tragedy. He was way too young to die. It could have been a heart attack or a stroke."
Authorities reportedly found some prescription pill bottles, but there's no word what was in them, or if they contributed to Sage's death. The autopsy is complete, but of course there were toxicology tests, and it could be four to six weeks before we know the results of those. There are also unofficial reports that Sage may have been dead for up to three days before his body was found by his maid.
Sage's friend and attorney George Braunstein is trying to cut through some of the Internet chatter. He says there's no way Sage would have committed suicide. He also never saw any signs of substance abuse. He says, "[Sage] was full of life, a wonderful, loving person. 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." In fact, he was supposed to get married this past weekend.
He added, "I think it was either natural causes or a terrible accident. I don't think it had anything to do with drugs, he wasn't that kind of guy. He wasn't anyone trying to take his life. Sage didn't even drink. There was a report that his room was filled with liquor bottles. Actually, they were empty bottles of Dr. Brown's Cream Soda."
He also said Sage couldn't have been dead for three days when his body was found, because photos of Sage at home were posted to his Facebook account just 17 hours before that. He did admit that Sage smoked, ate candy and, obviously, drank soda.
(A magazine publisher who worked with Sage just two months ago tells a slightly different story. He claims Sage was definitely "out of it." You can read what he had to say here.)
Last Thursday, SYLVESTER STALLONE was joking around with ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER at Comic-Con, where they were promoting "The Expendables 2". The next day, Stallone found out his first-born child was dead.
Arnold issued the following statement, "My thoughts and prayers are with Sly and his family. Sly has become a great friend over the past couple decades, and I know how important his children are to him. I want him to know that my family and I, and his fans all over the world, support him during this difficult time."