No one spoke to Sylvester Stallone’s son during the final week of his life, making sure he was never compared to his father.

Sage Stallone, the son of Sylvester Stallone, struggled to escape his father’s shadow and battled with personal challenges. Despite co-starring in “Rocky V,” their relationship was strained. Sage admired his father’s success but resented being compared to him. Sylvester’s remarks about Sage’s appearance added tension. Sage’s disappointment deepened when his role as Rocky Jr. was recast. Their bond grew as they worked on films together.

Sage’s unexpected death at 36 in 2012 raised questions. While no symptoms of depression were apparent, he battled prescription drug addiction. Law enforcement found him dead in a disordered apartment, concluding his death was accidental due to a heart attack, not an overdose. Sylvester mourned his son’s loss and vowed to honor his memory.

The tragic story reflects the complexities of their relationship and the challenges Sage faced. As Sylvester expressed, “There is no greater pain than when a parent loses a child.” Sage’s life serves as a reminder of the struggles individuals can face, even within famous families.