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Sage Stallone death investigation could take months to complete

July 18, 2012 |  7:15 am

Sage Stallone

Officials said it could take up to two months to determine the cause of death of Sylvester Stallone's son Sage, who was found dead at his Studio City home on Friday.

An autopsy was performed on the 36-year-old on Sunday but no details have been released about its findings. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office is now awaiting results of toxicology tests, which is common in such cases.

Coroner's officials have said some prescription drugs and other items were recovered from the home, but stressed that officials said they don't know whether they played any role in his death.

The Los Angeles Police Department is helping in the probe, but officials have said there is no evidence of foul play.

Sage Stallone's attorney said Sage's death came as a total shock.

"Sage didn't even drink," George Braunstein told People magazine in an interview. "There has been no indication that there was anything wrong in his life."

According to the The Times' Ministry of Gossip, Stallone urged the public to "respect my talented son's memory and feel compassion for his loving mother, Sasha."

On his website, Sylvester Stallone added: "Sage was a very talented and wonderful young man. His loss will be felt forever."

The LAPD's North Hollywood Division responded to Stallone's residence, where he was found dead. But department officials said robbery-homicide can be brought into investigations when they are high-profile or demand resources not available to divisional detectives.

A housekeeper found the body of Sage Stallone, according to Braunstein.

Born May 5, 1976, in Los Angeles, Sage Moonblood Stallone was the first son of Stallone and actress Sasha Czack. He began his acting career in "Rocky V," the 1990 installment of the "Rocky" movie franchise. As a 14-year-old, he played Rocky Balboa Jr., son of his father's Rocky Balboa character.

Young Stallone again appeared with his father in "Daylight" in 1996 and had roles in nine other movies and short films. His most recent appearance was in a 2011 television documentary on the "Rocky" films.

In addition to acting, Stallone was a co-founder with film editor Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing, which specializes in the theatrical and video release of restored B movies from the 1970s and '80s. The company's catalog includes "An American Hippie in Israel," "I Drink Your Blood" and "Cannibal Holocaust." Its latest release was 2010's "Gone With the Pope."

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Photo: Sage Stallone, left, and Frank Stallone arrive at the premiere of "Rocky Balboa" in December 2006. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

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