Sage Stallone death: Coroner recovers items from his home
L.A. County coroner's officials said they recovered some items from the home of Sage Stallone, the oldest son of actor Sylvester Stallone who was found dead Friday, but it's unclear what role they will play in the death investigation.
Ed Winter of the coroner's office told reporters outside Stallone's home Friday night that some prescription drugs and other items were recovered, but he stressed that officials said they don't know whether they played any role in his death. It's common for the coroner to examine prescription drugs when trying to determine a cause of death.
An autopsy was performed over the weekend.
The coroner's office said it was awaiting the results of toxicology tests before completing its case.
Sage Stallone's housekeeper found the 36-year-old's body at his Studio City home on Friday. Officials said there were no signs of foul play and no suicide note was found, but added that a security hold had been placed on the case.
The autopsy was completed Sunday morning, said Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the coroner's office.
The oldest child of Sylvester Stallone with actress Sasha Czack, the younger Stallone began his acting career at age 14 as Rocky Balboa Jr. in "Rocky V," the 1990 installment of his father's "Rocky" movie franchise. Sage Stallone would go on to appear in 10 other movies and short films, most recently in a 2011 television documentary on the "Rocky" series.
He also worked as a director and screenwriter, and co-founded Grindhouse Releasing.
"Sage was a very talented and wonderful young man," said Sylvester Stallone's publicist, Michelle Bega. "His loss will be felt forever."
The elder Stallone, 66, was said to be "devastated and grief-stricken" by his son's death.
Sage Stallone's lawyer, George Braunstein, said his client wasn't depressed and was planning to get married.
"He had his whole life ahead of him," Braunstein said.
Sage Stallone, who had no children, was briefly married to Starlin Wright in a union annulled in 2008. His younger brother, Seargeoh, is 33.
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Photo: Sage Stallone, left, appears at the 1996 premiere of "Daylight" with Amy Brenneman and his father, Sylvester Stallone. Credit: Fred Prouser / Reuters