Los Angeles authorities are investigating the “likely scenario” that Sylvester Stallone’s son Sage Stallone was a drug dealer of painkillers such as Hydrocodone, according to a report on TMZ.
Sage was found dead last Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. Though initial reports indicated that Stallone had overdosed, authorities do not believe he was a drug addict, according to TMZ, because at 5-7 he was a “pudgy” 188 pounds.
Although authorities found no Hydrocodone tablets in Sage’s house, they did find 60 huge empty prescription bottles—the kind used by pharmacists to fill large numbers of prescriptions. Each bottle holds a minimum of 500 pills, indicating Sage could have had as many as 30,000 pills in the house at one time.
TMZ reports that LAPD detectives and L.A. County Coroner investigators are now proceeding to trace some of the bottles using batch numbers and serial numbers. But that won’t be very successful if the pills came from another country, as authorities fear.
There were baggies of white powder found in Sage’s room that authorities now suspect was Hydrocodone, though the white has not yet been tested.
After his son’s death, with speculation flying around the family, movie star Stallone released a statement that called for calm as his family sorted through the tragedy.
“When a parent loses a child, there is no greater pain,” Stallone said in the release. “Therefore I am imploring people to respect my talented son’s memory and feel compassion for his loving mother, Sasha.”
Sasha Czack and Sylvester Stallone were married for 10 years, divorcing in 1985.
“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,” Stallone said in the statement.
Sage Stallone appeared in a number of films, including with his father in 1990′s “Rocky V,” playing the title character’s son, Rocky Balboa Jr.