The 36-year-old son of the Rocky star was found dead in his home earlier this afternoon.
Sad news tonight for a Hollywood icon.
“Sylvester Stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son,” said the actor’s publicist Michelle Bega to msnbc.com. “His compassion and thoughts are with Sage’s mother, Sasha.”
Los Angeles police spokesman lieutenant Andy Neiman said that the case has been turned over to the coroner, but there are differing accounts as to what may have happened to Sage.
“Los Angeles police said they were dispatched to investigate a death at a home on Mulholland Terrace around 2:15 p.m. but could not confirm the person’s identity or offer details,” said Fox News.
Neiman did say, however, that he was found after responding to a call for a “welfare check.”
“Friends and acquaintances had become concerned because they hadn’t heard from Stallone in the past day,” Sage’s attorney George Braustein told MSNBC.
Sage had worked with his father on two previous movies, Rocky V and Daylight, and was the eldest of the Rocky star’s children.
Braustein said that Sage was working hard to gain a name for himself in the industry, and so hadn’t appeared in one of his father’s films since 1996. He had turned down the role of Rocky Balboa Jr. in the 2006 film Rocky Balboa because of his involvement in Grindhouse.
“We don’t know any of the details but it must have been some sort of tragic accident. He was full of life and working on projects,” Braunstein said to MSNBC. “He wasn’t at all depressed or anything like that.”
Sage was planning on being married, a first for the 36-year-old. He was also a director and producer of a few movies, including Vic, his own film.
“He was very proud of his father and proud to be his father’s son,” Braustein said.