is reporting that Sage Stallone, the eldest son of action movie star Sylvester Stallone, was found dead on Friday at his home in Hollywood. He was 36.
While specific details surrounding the death of Sage were not immediately available, TMZ writes that the aspiring actor died from an “overdose of pills,” citing anonymous sources.
According to the IBTimes, Sage made his acting debut alongside his father in 1990’s Rocky V but turned down the chance to reprise his role as the movie boxer’s son, Robert Balboa, in 2006 movie Rocky Balboa. He also starred opposite his father in 1996’s Daylight.
In the past few years, Sage worked behind the scenes as a director and producer of many short films.
According to his imdb.com biography, Sage also co-founded Grindhouse Releasing, a LA-based company that restored feature films.
“No one saw this coming,” George Braunstein, an attorney for Sage, said. “Sage was full of life, and had a bright future ahead of him in the film industry as a producer and actor.”
Braunstein addded that Sage, the first of two sons Sylvester Stallone had with first wife Sasha Czack, had plans to get married in the near future.
“He was planning on getting married. I am just devastated. He was an extremely wonderful, loving guy. This is a tragedy,” said Braunstein.
HuffPo reported that Sylvester, who was at the Comic Con film convention in San Diego to promote Expendables 2, was understandably devastated by the sad news.
“Sylvester Stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son,” publicist Michelle Bega said in a statement. “His compassion and thoughts are with Sage’s mother, Sasha.”
Upon hearing of Sage’s death, multiple celebrities took to Twitter to offer their condolences to the Stallone family.
Whoopi Goldberg wrote:
A really great guy has lost his son todaySending much love to Sylvester Stallone and the family.
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) July 14, 2012
Rapper Frank Ocean also expressed his sympathy for Sylvester’s loss tweeting:
Sylvester Stallone’s son, Sage Moonblood Stallone, was found dead in his apartment. RIP Sage. R-T for respect.
— Frank Ocean (@frank_ocaen) July 14, 2012