Speculation quickly mounted that the 36-year-old died from a drug overdose, but even sadder news followed: Celebuzz reported exclusively that Sage was depressed in the days before his death because his father hadn’t returned a birthday call he’d left. Said a friend: “He’d seemingly been cut out of his father’s life.”
But long before any possible estrangement, the elder Stallone and his son were a winning duo, even appearing together on the big screen. Now, Celebuzz has compiled a look at their greatest celluloid moments, above.
Sage, 13 at the time, played Rocky Balboa’s son in Rocky V, which explored the family background of the famous boxing character. In the flick, Rocky, Jr. is neglected by his boxer-father, who is busy focusing on his career.
The parallels to real life have not gone unnoticed – and as speculation has increased over the cause of Sage’s death, Sylvester Stallone has come forward to ask for privacy.
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