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Autopsy carried out on Sylvester Stallone's son

July 16, 2012

Actor Sylvester Stallone portrays Rocky Balboa in a scene with his real life son, Sage Stallone.—Reuters Photo
Actor Sylvester Stallone portrays Rocky Balboa in a scene with his real life son, Sage Stallone.—Reuters Photo

LOS ANGELES: An autopsy was carried out in Los Angeles Sunday on the body of Sylvester Stallone's son Sage after his shock death aged 36, but toxicology results will take about 10 weeks, officials said.

The actor was said to be “devastated” after his eldest son, also an actor, was found dead at his Hollywood home Friday, with some reports suggesting he had died from a drug overdose.

The autopsy took place Sunday morning, said Los Angeles County Coroner's Office spokeswoman Cheryl MacWillie, adding: “But the results from the toxicology screening will probably not be back for at least 10 weeks.” Some prescription pill bottles were taken from the apartment, but authorities have said little about the cause of the death. There was no sign of foul play or trauma, or a suicide note, said Ed Winter of the coroner's office.

Sage Moonblood Stallone appeared in the 1990 film “Rocky V” as Rocky Balboa Jr, the son of his father's title character. The pair also appeared together in the 1996 movie “Daylight.”The 36-year-old is credited with 13 big-screen roles as an actor, while he was a producer on three films, including the 2006 short “Vic” which he also wrote and directed.

“He wasn't depressed. He was thinking about getting married. He just had his whole life ahead of him,” Sage Stallone's attorney George Braunstein told the Los Angeles Times.

His father was in San Diego at the annual Comic Con festival to promote his latest movie “Expendables 2” when he was told about his son's death.

Celebrity news website TMZ cited unidentified sources as saying Sage Stallone died of an overdose of pills, and his body may have been in the apartment for several days.

Sylvester Stallone's publicist Michelle Bega issued a statement hours after the death was confirmed, saying the star “is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son, Sage Stallone... His loss will be felt forever. His compassion and thoughts are with Sage's mother, Sasha,” the statement added, referring to the “Rocky” star's first wife. “Sage was a very talented and wonderful young man.”