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The Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed that the death of Sage Stallone, son of actor Sylvester Stallone, was caused by a heart attack and that no drugs were found in his system.
Sources for TMZ said that there was evidence of heart disease. A source close to the coroner admitted that it is “unusual” for a 36-year-old to suffer from advanced coronary problems.
Coroner Chief Craig Harvey told The Los Angeles Times that Stallone did have a history of smoking, which may have played a role in his early death. His family did say that he was trying to quit and was using an electric cigarette before his death.
Toxicology results came back completely negative “except for a sub-therapeutic level of hydrocodone,” Harvey said, adding that drugs played no role in his death.
Stallone’s body was found at his home on July 13. In the weeks following his death, there were reports that he had several large prescription pill bottles and that some kind of white powder was found. Police were quick to say that no foul play was suspected in his death
Stallone was the first child for Sylvester Stallone and Sasha Czack. He appeared with his father in 1990’s Rocky V and in 1996’s Daylight. He also appeared in a 2011 documentary on the Rocky franchise.
He was also the co-founder of Grindhouse Releasing, which distributed DVD releases of ‘70s and ‘80s B movies.
“This agonizing loss will be felt for the rest of our lives. Sage is 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,” Sylvester Stallone said in statement.