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Sage Stallone probe: Now robbery-homicide joins investigation

July 16, 2012 | 12:06 pm

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

The Los Angeles Police Department's robbery-homicide division is involved in the investigation into the death of Sage Stallone, the son of actor Sylvester Stallone, but officials stressed Monday it is primarily a coroner's case and there were no signs of foul play.

Sage Stallone, who was found dead at his Studio City home on Friday, was 36. The Los Angeles County coroner's office performed an autopsy over the weekend but authorities said the results of toxicology tests won't be known for up to two months.

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.

The LAPD's North Hollywood Division responded to Stallone's residence when 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.

Robbery-homicide handled the investigation into the death of Michael Jackson, which eventually became a criminal case and led to the conviction of the pop star's doctor, Conrad Murray, for involuntary manslaughter.

A housekeeper found the body of actor-director Stallone, according to his lawyer, George Braunstein.

The elder Stallone was said to be "devastated and grief-stricken" by his son's death.

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 world premiere of "Daylight" with Jennifer Flavin and his son Sage Stallone in 1996. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press