Life and Early Death of Sylvester Stallone's Eldest Son Sage
Sage Stallone, the eldest son of Sylvester Stallone, acted in a few movies with his father. Sadly, he passed away at the age of 36 in 2012.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Sage was the first child of Sylvester and Sasha Czack. In 1993, he graduated at Montclair College Preparatory School in Van Nuys, California. He then studied filmmaking at North Carolina School of the Arts from 1994–1995.
"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 made his film debut on "Rocky V" (1990) along with his father. He played as Robert Balboa Jr., the on-screen son of Sylvester's title character. Sage also starred with his father in "Daylight" (1996). He acted in lesser profile films after that.
In a 1996 interview with PEOPLE, Sage revealed that his life was difficult, especially as a child, when he had little connection with his dad, who's very busy with his career.
“I was an easygoing guy, and school was pretty much people trying to challenge me to a fight, y’know, saying, ‘Rambo! Rocky!’" he said.
“When I was screaming ‘You never spent time with me! You never spent time with my mother!’ that was true. I was looking into my father’s face and really saying that,” Sage added. “I got a lot of things out. We broke into tears a few times. After the film [Rocky V], everything changed. We’d do anything for each other.”
Sage also told the news outlet that after his debut on the film, he wound up arrogant and that his father reeled him in.
“To tell you the truth, I was turning into a little spoiled brat after Rocky V," he explained. "I was 15 years old, and I thought I was a big shot, like, ‘Ay, alright, let’s hit the bars, baby.’ Trust me, old Daddy put a stop to that real quick.”
On July 13, 2012, Sage was discovered dead at his home in Studio City, Los Angeles. He had been dead in his room for a minimum of three to four days, according to a report.
At the scene, there were empty prescription drug bottles discovered. However, after an autopsy and toxicology tests, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner said that the late actor died of coronary artery disease caused by atherosclerosis.
There were no drugs detected in his body other than an over the counter pain remedy. He was engaged and was working on several film projects at the time of his death.
His father Sylvester made a public appeal for an end to "speculation and questionable reporting" about his child using drugs.
"Because when a parent loses a child there is no greater pain," he said. "Therefore I am imploring people to respect my wonderfully talented son's memory and feel compassion for his loving mother, Sasha, because this agonizing loss will be felt for the rest of our lives."
He added: "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 funeral was held at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Los Angeles. He was buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.