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Sage Stallone investigators look for prescription drug evidence

July 18, 2012 |  1:57 pm

Sylvester Stallone arrives at the"Daylight" premiere with Jennifer Flavin and his son Sage Stallone in 1996.

Authorities probing the death of Sage Stallone will attempt to determine who prescribed the painkillers found at his home and whether the pills found correspond to the prescription, according to law enforcement sources.

The sources stressed that detectives don't know whether pills played any role in Stallone's death but said the number of pill bottles found at Stallone's Studio City home was enough to warrant investigation. Some of the containers were empty and appear to be for prescription painkillers, they said.

Officials made similar prescription checks earlier this year in the wake of the death of Whitney Houston. Some prescription drugs were found in the hotel room where she died. In that case, they went to pharmacies who filled the prescriptions and collected records.

An autopsy was performed on Stallone 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.

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 he was shocked by Sage's death.

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.

"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."

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

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: Sylvester Stallone arrives at the"Daylight" premiere with Jennifer Flavin and his son Sage Stallone in 1996. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press

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