At the surface Sylvester Stallone is seen as a tough action star who can handle anything. However, a more sensitive side showed when his son Sage Stallone was found dead in his apartment in July.
Stallone issued a statement at the time of Sage’s death, stating: “When a parent loses a child there is no greater pain. 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.”
He has not made many public appearances since Sage’s passing, but did make his first televised interview on Good Morning America while promoting his upcoming film, The Expendables 2. Though he did not want to dwell into the subject, he told GMA that it’s been a “tough” time dealing with the loss of his son.
"It's very, very tough. It's a horrible situation, but time, hopefully, will heal, and you try to get through it, but it's just something that's a reality of life,” he said. "It's important to get back and try to start reliving your life; otherwise you can go into a spiral.”
Sage was more than just a son, following in his father’s talented footsteps. As a child he appeared in Rocky V and Daylight alongside his dad, and dived into directing and acting as an adult. Stallone continues his press tour in the next week for The Expendables, which hits theaters this Friday.