Sylvester Stallone, still mourning the sudden death of his 36-year-old son Sage Stallone last month, has been hit with another large scale tragedy in the loss of someone very close to him — his sister Toni Ann Filiti, suffering a long-term illness, has passed away.
Filiti, only 48, had been battling lung cancer, which ultimately led to her death on August 26. Toni Ann was Sylvester Stallone’s half-sibling, a psychic and astrologer, and was with her mom Jackie Stallone, 90, at the time of her passing.
Reports indicate that Filiti had made the decision to leave UCLA Medical Center to return to her mother’s home in Los Angeles, where she succumbed to the illness. Jackie, also still mourning the sudden death of her grandson in July, told press that her daughter died peacefully and comfortably after her long illness:
“I was holding her in my arms… I had just washed [her] face and told her how pretty she looked, and she just fell asleep. … She’s too young to go, but she wasn’t feeling any pain.”
Jackie Stallone says she was tasked with breaking the news to her grieving son that his sister had passed, and says that the compounding bad news has been extremely difficult for Sylvester Stallone to bear:
“He said he can’t take any more pain … He said he’ll always be there for her son … What a terrible month – first Sage and now Toni. It’s hard. At least they’re together now in heaven.”
In an interview prior to Filiti’s death, Stallone spoke candidly about working through his grief after Sage’s death, saying:
“It’s tough. It’s very tough … It’s a horrible situation, but time hopefully will heal and you try to get through it. It’s just something that’s a reality of life.”
After Sage was found dead, Stallone implored press for privacy as the family coped with the tragedy.