Actor Sylvester Stallone is in mourning after the loss of his oldest son Sage Stallone last week.
The filmmaker's 36-year-old son was found in his home with a number of prescription pill bottles although his death won't be solved until toxicology reports are released in six weeks. Sage's attorney, George Braunstein is denying reports the death was caused from a suicidal overdose. No suicide note was found and there were no signs of trauma or foul play.
" [He] was in good health, great spirits. He was thinking of getting married, working on a lot of filmmakers," Braunstein said.
"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," Stallone said in a statement to TMZ.
Stallone has had an incredible career and has overcome many obstacles in his life.
Difficult and sickly childhood
During the birth of the legendary action star Stallone suffered from an accident causing him to have a severed facial nerve, paralyzing parts of his lip, chin, and tongue. The actor's particular speech patterns and droopy lip are some of his most recognizable features but as a young child it caused many problems in his family as Stallone was a sickly child. Aside from his defects he suffered from rickets and it was difficult for his parents to support him and his brother and his parents divorced.
Stallone continued to have a hard childhood and spent time in various foster homes. He eventually went back to live with his mother and step-father. The star was troubled both emotionally and academically and was kicked out of a number of schools before attending a special school for troubled youth.
Even after the actor's break out success with films including "Rocky" and "First Blood" he became type cast as a regular tough guy. This was something Stallone wanted to stay away from so he began starring in other movies that became box office flops including, "Driven," and "Shade."
His career was in a steady decline for nearly a decade before he came back with hits including "Rocky Balboa" and "Rambo," both movies where he returned to his famed roles from past decades.
"Things really started to slow down for me about 10 years ago, and I had a lot of time for introspection...It is kind of bittersweet. That is why I wanted to write this film. If I had been cranking out films, very successful ones, I wouldn't have done this one," Stallone told People in 2007 about his return as Rocky.
The action star continues to maintain his position as one of Hollywood's best old-school action stars with his newest Hollywood project "The Expendables" starring an all-star cast of legendary action heroes including Jet Li and Jason Statham. The sequel, "The Expendables 2" will be released in mid August and stars everyone from Chuck Norris to Jean-Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and several other heavy hitters.
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