Sylvester Stallone's Son Sage Stallone's Cause of Death Released & It's Not What You Think

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Sage StalloneWhen Sylvester Stallone's 36-year-old son Sage Stallone was found dead in his LA home last month, I think most people drew their own conclusions as to what had happened. There were all sorts of rumors that Sage had been battling a major drug problem, with TMZ flat-out calling the death an overdose -- and reporting that "numerous empty pill bottles" were found near Sage's body.

It's unfortunate that autopsies take as long as they do, because the information released today by the Los Angeles County coroner's office would have put a lot of gossip to rest back in July. As it turns out, Sage Stallone succumbed to the single largest killer of men and women in the United States.

The autopsy findings will be detailed in a full autopsy report to be made public next week, but the short version is this: Sage Stallone had heart disease. He died of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which brought on a heart attack.  

No drugs were found in Stallone's body other than a minimal ("sub-therapeutic") amount of hydrocodone, which did not contribute to his death.

His history of smoking may have contributed to his death, but there's likely no way to tell for sure. The only thing that is certain is that whatever Sage Stallone had going on in his personal life, the reports that came out after his untimely passing were false ... and I can't imagine how hurtful that must have been for his family.

Sylvester Stallone pleaded for an end to the "speculation and questionable reporting" about Sage's supposed drug addictions, saying,

Because when a parent loses a child there is no greater pain. Therefore I am imploring people to respect my wonderfully talented son's memory and feel compassion for his loving mother, Sasha, because this agonizing loss will be felt for the rest of our lives. Sage was our first child and the center of our universe and I am humbly begging for all to have my son's memory and soul left in peace.

While it's really none of our business how Sage Stallone died, I hope having this news will put an end to the rumors. Frankly, I'm not sure why the public should even have access to the full autopsy report, but maybe knowing that it was heart disease -- the same unfortunate but hardly exotic condition that kills hundreds of thousands of Americans each year -- is enough for the media to move on, and let Stallone's family grieve in private.

Do you think tabloids should apologize for reporting that Sage Stallone died of a drug overdose?

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zombi... zombiemommy916

The SAME exact thing happened to my mom...she was taking pain-killers and muscle relaxers due to a horseback riding accident that left her with a broken little sister and I found her dead...we all assumed it was because of the pills she was taking round-the-clock...months later when we received the autopsy report, we were shocked and horribly grief-stricken all over pills at all...atherosclerosis...the "silent killer"...I wanted to put an ad in the paper, to vindicate prove my wonderful 47 year old mother did not overdose on opiates...I feel for the much...hopefully people will have a little more respect for his memory now...and shame on TMZ

DebaLa DebaLa

I'm sorry you and your sister had to go thru that. It's hard enough losing your mom, but when you're having to fight off false rumors in your weakest hour, that must be horrifying.

Nina St Clair-MacPherson

Another reason the media should have limited access to close personal issues-whether celebrity or not. An employer isn't even allowed to ask medically-related questions while interviewing employees (people that are virtual strangers)...why should a celebrities personal medical conditions suddenly become public knowledge? I would laugh myself into a hemmorhage if one of these days a celebrity or family member sues the crap out of a media outlet for infringment of their Hippa any case, I can't imagine having to grieve for the loss of a child, while fighting for their dignity at the same time...

Ed Brondo

Yes, they should issue an apology. It will be hard for them who salivate in all juicy "questionable issues", caring not for the truth. The Attorney who run TMZ should know better.

lasombrs lasombrs

awwww poor man. How terrible to have millions of people across the world telling you your child killed himself by being a drug addict and that is far from the case :( I think everyone should apologize to him. But his request should be honored and everyone should just leave his poor son's soul in peace :( MY thoughts go out to him and his family

Elaine Magdich

Apologies are in order press people need to be repemanded and also those rag sheets

CByxbe CByxbe

My father worked for Stallone and knew Sage since he was two, it broke my fathers heart to hear he passed away and then to hear how! I can only image if this stunned my father so how it must have been for Stallone. I am so happy my dad can hear that the reports were false and Sage was not that person and did not die that way!

hexxuss hexxuss

Without a doubt they should be forced to apologize - on the front page - same place they put the false story.

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