Sage Stallone's body 'could have laid undiscovered for up to a week' as reports surface home was 'littered with junk' and he had not spoken to family in days
Sylvester Stallone's son, 36, found dead at Los Angeles home Friday
Actor 'devastated and grief-stricken' over sudden loss of eldest child
Sage played the 66-year-old's onscreen son in Rocky V
Autopsy scheduled to take place in next 48 hours
00:46 GMT, 15 July 2012
The body of Sylvester Stallone's son laid undiscovered for at least three to four days before being found Friday in his Los Angeles home, according to new reports.
Coroner's officials are still investigating the death of 36-year-old Sage Stallone who is understood to have overdosed on prescription pills found at the scene.
According to TMZ, the filmmaker 'lived like Howard Hughes' in a room 'littered with junk' – and his body could have laid cold for as long as a week.
Tragedy: Sylvester Stallone's son Sage was found dead Friday afternoon in his Los Angeles apartment after a suspected drug overdose. He was 36, pictured here in 2006 in Hollywood
A source told the website Sage was
living like a recluse at his Studio City home, and had not spoken to his
family for a week before his body was discovered.
A housekeeper who is believed to have
been at the residence earlier in the week was reported to have
been instructed never to enter his room, which a law enforcement source
described as 'disgusting' and foul-smelling.
Sage's mother, Sasha Czack, is said
to have called the housekeeper on Friday to check on him after she was
unable to reach her son. That is when the body was discovered, according
Sudden death: The body of the 36-year-old Sage Stallone was brought out to the coroner's van in Los Angeles
Recluse: Sage's body was allegedly not found for days after his death
A friend of Sylvester Stallone's late
son has meanwhile disputed reports the 36-year-old committed suicide, saying he
was 'healthy and upbeat' just two weeks before his sudden death.
As coroner's officials investigate if
the death was accidental, a friend of the young filmmaker says he is
baffled by the news because he 'never knew him to do drugs'.
The friend, who was not identified by RadarOnline, told the website: 'I saw him two weeks ago and he seemed great. He was healthy and upbeat and didn't seem depressed at all.
At work: Sylvester Stallone appeared at a Comic-Con event in San Diego on Thursday, shortly before his son's sudden death
Grief-stricken: The star has said he is 'devastated' by the loss of his eldest child, Sage
Pronounced dead at the scene: The coroner's van was spotted at Sage's home in Los Angeles along with news crews
Unresponsive: The filmmaker's body was taken straight to the coroner's office – and not to the hospital
'I never knew him to do drugs, not
even weed, so for him to die from an overdose is kind of shocking to me.
I am totally stunned.'
Radar reports an autopsy will be performed as early as Sunday, however, toxicology tests will be needed to determine cause of death.
The results of such tests could take weeks.
Sylvester Stallone on Friday said he is 'devastated' and 'grief-stricken' over the death of his son.
A source told Radar that medics
arrived on the scene at 3.05pm Friday afternoon and spent around 25
minutes trying to revive Sage before his death was pronounced at the
Devastated: Sly's agent released a statement saying he was 'grief-striken' at the loss of his son
Mystery: An autopsy is scheduled to take place in the next 48 hours to determine the cause of death
Red carpet smiles: Sage pictured in 1996 at the Hollywood premiere of Daylight with his father Sylvester and his now-wife Jennifer Flavin
Family: Sage had become reclusive since the red carpet appearance with Jennifer and his father, Sylvester Stallone, according to reports
Walking down the aisle: Sage, pictured left, led his mother Sasha Czack down down the aisle as she wed Rich Ash in April 2000
Double act: Sage appeared alongside his father in the 1990 movie Rocky V, playing the role of Rocky's son Robert Balboa
His body was taken straight to the coroner's office – and the insider claims no suicide note was found.
'I suspect he had been dead for quite a while when he was discovered,'
the source told the website.
'Usually medics will be at the scene
for around forty-five minutes but they were out of there within half an
'There were a number of prescription bottles found at the scene but it did not appear to be suicide and no note was found.'
A 9-1-1 call was placed shortly
before 3pm and the caller said Sage wasn't breathing and indicated it
could be a drug overdose, Radar reports. An autopsy is scheduled to take place in the next 48 hours.
Shortly after news of Sage's death, a
spokesman released a statement on behalf of his action hero father, 66,
who was at the Comic Con film convention in San Diego yesterday.
Before the heartbreak: Stallone was pictured yesterday with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Comic Con film convention in San Diego
'Sylvester Stallone is devastated and
grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son,' the actor's
spokesperson Michelle Bega said in the statement.
'His compassion and thoughts are with Sage's mother, Sasha.'
'He was a very talented and wonderful young man. His loss will be felt forever.'
Police said they found the younger
Stallone in the home while responding to a 'welfare check', however
Sages' lawyer George Braunstein said he was found by a housekeeper.
Friends and acquaintances had become concerned because they hadn't heard from Sage in the past day.
Hand in hand: Sylvester pictured back in 1982 with his first wife Sasha Czack, Sage's mother
Braunstein said the death came as a shock, telling the New York Post this afternoon: 'He was in good spirits, and working
on all kinds of projects.
'He was planning on getting married. I am just devastated.
He was an extremely wonderful, loving guy. This is a tragedy.'
Sage Moonblood Stallone was the
oldest of Sylvester Stallone's children and co-starred with his father
in two films. He was the first of two sons Stallone had with first wife
He made his acting debut in 1990's
Rocky V – he played his Stallone's onscreen son – and also appeared with
his father in 1996's Daylight.
Also in 1996, Sage Stallone and
veteran film editor Bob Murawski co-founded Grindhouse Releasing, a
company dedicated to preserving and promoting the B-movies and
exploitation films of the 1970s and 80s.
He also directed the 2006 short Vic, which screened at the Palm Springs Film Festival.
Braunstein said Sage had frequent requests to work on films.
'He was a full of life filmmaker with
his whole future ahead of him,' he said. 'He was just very up and
enthusiastic and positive.
'I think it was probably some sort of accident,' he said of the death, and claimed he had never seen Sage take drugs.
He told E! News: 'I never knew him to drink alcohol. I never saw him take drugs. I never knew of anything like that.'
Braunstein added that Sage Stallone greatly admired his father but was working hard to make his own name in the film industry.
'He was very proud of his father and proud to be his father's son,' he said.
Stallone's split from Sage's mother Czack in 1985 after 11 years together. They also have a another son
Seargeoh, 32, who is autistic.
Big boots to fill: Sage said he always worried about living up to his father's success, seen here together again in Rocky V
He wed model and actress Brigitte
Nielsen in the following December in Beverly Hills but they split just two
years later in a very public divorce.
He married third wife, Jennifer
Flavin, in 1997 after an eight-year on-again, off-again relationship and
they have three daughters: Sophia Rose, 15, Sistine Rose, 14, and
Scarlet Rose, 10.
was raised by his mother following his parents' divorce, felt distant
from his father growing up, a theme which hit home as they were filming
Rocky V together.
‘When I was screaming, “You never spent time with me! You never spent time with my mother!” – that was true,’ he told People magazine in 1996. ‘I was looking into my father's face and really saying that.’
But it proved a turning point for the father and son, who went on to form a close bond and they acted again together in the 1996 film Daylight.
‘Between takes, Sly and Sage would roll around in the dirt like two puppies,’ the director Rob Cohen observed at the time.
Sage certainly felt the pressure of growing up with such a famous father and would worry that he would never match his success.
‘I tell him, “As long as you give it your best, that's all that matters,” his mother Sasha said in that same year.
Sage went on to pursue a career behind the camera and shunned the wild Hollywood party scene, preferring to watch horror zombie films instead.
‘People call me a hermit,’ he said while promoting the film. ‘But I'm happy.’