Sylvester Stallone’s eldest son Sage Moonblood was found dead after several days in his apartment, but authorities say that “no suspicion of foul play or criminal activity“. Stallone was at Comic Con on a high promoting ‘Expendables 2‘ but that joy ended yesterday.
Thursday, Sylvester Stallone was in great spirits with’Expendables 2‘ co-stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean Claude Van Damme at Comic Con, but yesterday that ended when he found out that his eldest son Sage Moonblood Stallone was found dead after three days of a seeming drug overdose. Reports show that the action stars son was apparently dead for 3 or 4 days before being found by his housekeeper and lawyer, George Braunstein. The actor/producer/director was 36.
“We don’t have any of the details,” Braunstein said. “He wasn’t depressed. He was thinking about getting married. He was in good spirits, and working on all kinds of projects. He had his whole life ahead of him. I never knew him to drink alcohol. I never saw him take drugs. I never knew of anything like that at all.”
A rep for the LAPD told us, “There is no suspicion of foul play or criminal activity.” The rep added that officers went to Sage’s home for a “welfare check” when friends couldn’t get in touch with him and asked cops to investigate. Police say the case has now been referred to the Los Angeles coroner.
At a news conference Friday night, Ed Winter from the LA coroner’s office said the autopsy would occur in the next few days and that a security hold has been placed on the case. He also stated there was no evidence of foul play. A police commander said that it was premature to declare an overdose as the culprit and added that it could have been a heart attack or stroke. There was no suicide note left behind. Winter said that an autopsy will be conducted over the next few days.
Sage Moonblood was Sylvester’s first son with first wife, Sasha Czack. Sylvester and Sasha had two sons together and divorced in 1985. After a short marriage to Brigitte Nielsen, “The Expendables” star wed his current wife, Jennifer Flavin.
Sage Stallone made his acting debut in Rocky V (1990) with professional boxer, Tommy Morrison and also appeared with his father in ‘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 directed the 2006 short ‘Vic’, which screened at the Palm Springs Film Festival.
Braunstein said Stallone had been 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.” Braunstein said Sage Stallone greatly admired his father but had been 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’s rep, Michelle Bega, told us, “Sylvester Stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son. 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.”