In the meantime, officials are trying to figure out how a number of large bottles of prescription pain medication ended up in Sage’s home at the time of his death. According to the Los Angeles Times, it’s unclear if the pills played a role in Stallone’s death, but the amount of large, pharmacy-style bottles of the generic form of Vicodin was enough to warrant further investigation. An autopsy was performed on Sunday, but the details have not yet been released.
Unnamed law enforcement sources told TMZ that authorities do not believe that Sage was an addict, but that he may have been involved in the drug game. While no Vicodin pills were found in the apartment, TMZ reported that 60 “gigantic” empty prescription bottles — each capable of holding at least 500 pills — were found at the scene.
Before the news about the prescription pills leaked, Sylvester Stallone released a statement pleading for the “speculation and questionable reporting” to cease. “When a parent loses a child, there is no greater pain,” he said. “Therefore I am imploring people to respect my talented son’s memory and feel compassion for his loving mother Sasha. This agonizing loss will be felt for the rest of our lives. Sage was 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.”