Sage and Sylvester Stallone: 7 Father-and-Son Pictures from ‘Rocky V’ (PHOTOS)

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Hollywood suffered another loss last week when Sylvester Stallone’s actor-son, Sage, was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment.

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.

In a statement, Stallone said Monday: “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 [Czack]. 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 in full left in peace.”
Click through the gallery to celebrate Sasha’s memory — then tell us your favorite Rocky moment in the comments section.

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