Sly Stallone should be on top of the world right now, after getting an enthusiastic reception by fans at last week’s Comic-Con convention, but instead he’s grieving the death of his oldest son, Sage. The body of the 36-year-old was found in his L.A. apartment on Friday.
Today, Stallone sent a message to TMZ, requesting that the media allow his son to rest in peace. He wrote:
“When a parent loses a child there is no greater pain. Therefore I am imploring people to respect my talented son’s memory and feel compassion for his loving mother Sasha.
This agonizing loss will be felt for the rest of our lives. 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.”
One person who doesn’t seem ready to allow the Stallone family to mourn in private is the star’s 18-year-old nephew Edd Filiti, who posted a series of accusatory Facebook messages indicating Sage’s dad and stepmom had cut him out of their lives.
“Neither you [Stallone’s wife Jennifer Flavin] or he could return a phone call, which is all he wanted, his father. I know you don’t care what happened, but you’ll care when your squirming under the burning magnifying glass of public opinion…You people make me f*ckin sick.”
A family friend who requested anonymity claimed that Sage had been estranged from his famous dad in the days before his death. “Sage was not allowed in his father’s home and he admitted to other family members of his devastation that he’d seemingly been cut out of his father’s life.
“Sage idolized his father but they had become estranged in recent time. It crushed him.”
An autopsy has been performed on Sage Stallone, but results of toxicology tests won’t be released for a few weeks. Although there were no signs of foul play at the scene, the case of Stallone’s death is now in the hands of LAPD Robbery Homicide detectives.