Sage Moonblood Stallone was born in Los Angeles on May 5, 1976. He was the first child of Sylvester Stallone and actress Sasha Czack. Sage was recognized for co-starring with his father in the 1990 smash film «Rocky V,» but their relationship was not exactly ideal.
According to insiders, the movie legend and his firstborn seldom agreed. Sage admired the life of ease and luxury afforded him by his father’s work, but he was uninspired by Sylvester’s movie characters.
According to friends of the younger Stallone, Sylvester’s remarks about his son’s looks strained their connection. Sage was constantly teased by the actor for being too tiny as a youngster and out of shape as an adult.
Stallone’s friend, Stephen Wozniak, an actor and lifelong Stallone friend, once commented on the father-son bond. He stated
«The love-hate relationship would swing back and forth all the time.»
Sage was unhappy when his father picked the leaner Milo Ventimiglia in «Rocky Balboa» to play Rocky Jr., a part Sage had played as a child in «Rocky V.»
According to close acquaintances, Sage was anxious to perform the part, but being rejected by his dad was a huge letdown. Sylvester, for one, was dissatisfied with his son’s disregard for his physical appearance.
The feuding father-son duo made their disagreements public in 1996, when the «Rocky» star disclosed that Sage detested going to the gym and preferred abstract art-house films. Sage, according to the 75-year-old, made certain that he would never be compared to his father.
On September 10, 1990, actor Sylvester Stallone and son Sage attended the Sylvester Stallone’s Paintings Opening Night Exhibition and Cocktail Reception to Benefit Yes on Proposition 128 «Big Green» at Hanson Galleries in Beverly Hills, California.
Sylvester’s divorce from Czack, Sage’s mother, in 1985 was another source of resentment for the younger Stallone. Furthermore, Sylvester’s liaison with Brigitte Nielsen left Sage dissatisfied with the film legend.
Sage said that some of their parts were emotionally challenging and included less acting and more real-life reactions as they continued to collaborate together in movies.
Sage said that his sequence in «Rocky V,» in which his character raged at Sylvester for being a bad parent, was not acting. Sage, on the other hand, stated he let out his bottled-up feelings, and they both sobbed. Their relationship transformed as a result, and they were willing to «do everything for one another.»
Sage’s attorney, George Braunstein, was once asked how Sage felt about his dad, and Braunstein said that the late 36-year-old adored and was proud of his father.
Sage, 36, was discovered de.ad at his house in the 8100 block of Mulholland Terrace in Studio City in 2012. His lawyer said that his maid found his corpse.
There were no known reasons of d.eat.h at the time, and his attorney, Braunstein, said that he displayed no symptoms of sadness or mental struggle. Sage was believed to have made new life plans, including marriage. «He had his entire life ahead of him,» Braunstein added.
Sage’s close acquaintances, on the other hand, stated that he suffered from prescription medication for most of his adult life and appeared dependent on Vicodin and Xanax, which he used for anxiety and other concerns.
Sylvester was heartbroken when he learned of his son’s deat.h. The actor wanted solitude for his family and a stop to the incessant media investigation of his family. He spoke out to TMZ about his tragic loss. According to the Hollywood legend:
«There is no greater anguish than the loss of a kid to a parent.»
Sylvester hailed his late son as brilliant and said the family would mourn him forever. Sage was put to rest a few days after he passed. A funeral was held at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Los Angeles. Sage passed away from a heart attack.
Sage’s dea.th prompted several inquiries regarding his well-being and health. There were numerous speculations concerning what caused his loss. Some stories claimed that the former child star passed away as a result of his drug addiction, but his family denied this.
According to law authorities, Sage’s residence was a shambles when his maid found him. His mother invited her to his apartment after he hadn’t been heard from in days.
The housekeeper had visited earlier that week but had been told not to enter Sage’s room or tap on the door.
Authorities eventually confirmed that Sage had suffered a heart attack rather than an overdose, as had been commonly assumed. There was no evidence of narcotics in his blood. He was also claimed to have had a heart illness, which was the reason for his attack.
Sylvester received the Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a motion picture for his portrayal in «Creed,» years after his son’s death. After that, the actor was questioned about whether Sage’s dea.th had affected his career. Sylvester answered by claiming he wished to honor Sage’s memory.