The cause of Sage Stallone’s death is still unknown, as the autopsy results may not be available for up to two months. But many have speculated since his body was found that the 36-year-old actor overdosed on pills reportedly found at the scene.
Sage’s cousin Edd Filiti, 18, wrote angry Facebook posts on Friday partially blaming Sylvester for his son’s death, suggesting that the star turned his back on his son, according to Celebuzz, which had obtained the posts but since removed them.
“What did he do wrong, say happy birthday,” Filiti wrote. “Neither you [Stallone’s wife Jennifer Flavin] or he could return a phone call, which is all he wanted, his father.
“I know you don’t care what happened, but you’ll care when you’re squirming under the burning magnifying glass of public opinion. You people make me f— sick.”
Filiti, son of Sylvester Stallone’s half-sister, Toni Ann, made some particularly accusatory remarks targeting Stallone’s current wife Jennifer Flavin.
“Jennifer Flavin, you won,” he wrote. “You tore this family apart and got your trophy, Congrats! Like you told my family, ‘I’m Sly’s family now, he doesn’t [need] you anymore.’ Lets see how much he needs you after this.”
A family friend told Celebuzz that Sage’s estrangement from his father had caused him to feel depressed.
“Sage was not allowed in his father’s home and he admitted to other family members of his devastation that he’d seemingly been cut out of his father’s life,” the friend said. “Sage idolized his father but they had become estranged in recent time. It crushed him.”
Sylvester issued a statement Sunday asking “people to respect my talented son’s memory and feel compassion for his loving mother Sasha [Czack].”
Czack divorced the “Rocky” actor in 1985. They were married for 11 years.
Stallone also implored the media to stop the “speculation” and “questionable reporting.” And despite his nephew’s heated opinions, he maintained that Sage was “the center of our universe.”
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