The 36-year-old son of Sylvester Stallone was found dead in his Los Angeles home, leaving the actor grief-stricken as authorities investigated the cause, a publicist and authorities said.
Sage Stallone was found unresponsive by an employee and a relative on Friday. 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,” publicist Michelle Bega said in a statement. “His compassion and thoughts are with Sage’s mother, Sasha.”
He was found on Friday afternoon at his home on Mullholland Drive in the Studio City area, and police arrived and confirmed he was dead, Winter said.
Prescription bottles were recovered in the investigation, but Winter could not say what kind or how many, and whether they had a role in his death.
Winter said an autopsy would be performed in the next few days and investigators would 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 had not heard from him for a day. He said the employee who found the body was a housekeeper.
Sylvester Stallone appeared on 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 on Friday.
Sage Stallone was the oldest of Sylvester Stallone’s children and he 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 he also appeared with his father in 1996’s Daylight.
Also in 1996, Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski co-founded Grindhouse Releasing, a company dedicated to preserving and promoting the B-movies and exploitation films of the 1970s and 1980s.
“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 Sage 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.