Aspiring actor and filmmaker Sage Stallone, son of movie star Sylvester Stallone, was found dead Friday in his home in Hollywood, authorities and his lawyer confirmed.
The police and the attorney for Sage Stallone, gave conflicting accounts of what was found, but police said there was no sign of forced entry or foul play.
The case was referred to the coroner’s office in Los Angeles County, said police spokesman Lt. Andy Neiman.
Neiman said police found the young Stallone in the house while responding to a “welfare check.”
And a coroner’s office source said that prescription bottles were recovered in the investigation, but would not say whether they had a role in Sage’s death, according to KNBC.
Attorney George Braunstein said Sage was found by the housekeeper.
“It’s a tragedy. He was a young, talented extremely good
filmmaker and a lovely person,” Braunstein said.
“We don’t know any of the details but it must have been some
sort of tragic accident. He was full of life and working on
projects,” Braunstein said. “He wasn’t at all depressed or
anything like that.”
Braunstein told PEOPLE, although Stallone smoked cigarettes, the 36-year-old never exhibited any signs of drug use or addiction.
“Sage didn’t even drink,” the attorney, who knew the son of Sylvester Stallone for more than 15 years, tells PEOPLE. “There was a report that his room was filled with liquor bottles. Actually, they were empty bottles of Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda.”
“Sage was a really young, very sensitive, and very talented kid,” says Braunstein. “There has been no indication that there was anything wrong in his life.”
Sage Moonblood Stallone was the oldest of Sylvester Stallone’s children and co-starred with his father in two films.
UPDATE NOTE: New version reflects conflicting reports of drug use