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Sage Moonblood Stallone, an actor and the oldest child of Sylvester Stallone, was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Friday. The body of Sage, 36, was discovered by his housekeeper, on the afternoon of July 13, and the cause of death has yet to be determined.
The first-born son of Sly Stallone, 66, and ex-wife Sasha Czack, Sage appeared alongside his father in Rocky V, playing Rocky's son Robert Balboa. The action star's rep released a statement on Friday saying that Sylvester is "devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son." And, on Sunday, Stallone opened up about his loss in another statement to TMZ.
"When a parent loses a child there is no greater pain. Therefore I am imploring people to respect my talented son's memory and feel compassion for his loving mother Sasha," Stallone said. "This agonizing loss will be felt for the rest of our lives. Sage was our first child and the center of our universe and I am humbly begging for all to have my son's memory and soul left in peace."
Sage's death was initially reported as a drug overdose, due to prescription bottles found at the scene. However, Sage's attorney and friend George Braunstein told E! News that the actor did not drink alcohol or abuse drugs. He also denied that Sage, who was reportedly set to marry his girlfriend in Las Vegas over the weekend, might have taken his own life.
"He was very creative, energetic and very full of life," Braunstein said on Saturday. "We were just joking about how he was going to get married and have a fun marriage. There was nothing dark or depressing, no problems, certainly no financial problems."
Sage also posted photos to his Facebook page only 17 hours before his death, contradicting reports that he had been dead for days before his body was found.
The cause of the actor's death won't be determined until toxicology tests come back, which could take up to two months. Braunstein believes that Sage's death was "either natural causes or a terrible accident."