Sylvester Stallone's 36-year-old firstborn son, Sage, was found dead in his home in Los Angeles on Friday. Although there have been rumors of a drug overdose, the cause of Sage's death is still under investigation. Police called to the scene about 2:15 p.m. said there were no signs of foul play, forced entry or a suicide note, but the assistant chief coroner did reveal that prescription bottles were recovered in the investigation. However, he couldn't say how many, what kind and whether they played a role in Sage's death. 

According to the younger Stallone's lawyer, George Braunstein--who knew him for 15 years--his death came as a complete shock. "He was in good spirits, and working on all kinds of projects. He was planning on getting married...This is a tragedy," he told the New York Post. 

For his part, Sage's father released the following statement through a rep:

Sylvester Stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son Sage Stallone. His compassion and thoughts are with Sage's mother, Sasha. Sage was a very talented and wonderful young man, his loss will be felt forever.

Sage, an actor and producer/directors, is best known for playing the role of Rocky Balboa's son, Robert, in "Rocky V" and, according to Braunstein, "he was very proud of his father and proud to be his father's son." 

Regardless of the Sage's cause of death, nothing can prepare a parent for the loss of their child. Most parents would expect to pass away before their children and when it happens the other way around it's simply unnatural.

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My heart goes out to both Sylvester Stallone and his ex-wife, and Sage's mother, Sasha Czack because I can't really imagine having to deal with the tragedic death of their firstborn child. 

Is it possible to get over a child's death? How? Share your thoughts with us by leaving us a comment below. 

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Roxana A. Soto is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a first-grader and a preschooler. She loves languages, traveling and good food – especially if it's cooked by someone else.

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