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Sage Stallone

'Out of It'

Months Before His Death

7/15/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0714_sage_stallone_gettySage Stallone was so out of it at a recent photo shoot at his house, he tried taking pictures with a camera that still had the lens cap on ... a magazine publisher tells TMZ. 

Robert Rhine, editor-in-chief of Girls and Corpses magazine, tells TMZ ... he did a photo shoot for the mag back in May at Sage's house because the subject of the shoot had known Sage for years.

Rhine says it took Sage 45 minutes to answer the door, adding he could tell right away Sage was "on something" -- slurring his words and stumbling around -- though he never saw him take anything.

Rhine says Sage would talk to him for a couple of seconds before trailing off and just walking away. Rhine described his behavior as "very similar to Ozzy Osbourne."

Rhine said that during the photo shoot, Sage came out with a camera of his own ... which bothered Rhine because of copyright issues. But upon further inspection, Rhine noticed Sage hadn't even taken the lens cap off.

Rhine says the place was a mess, with piles of stuff everywhere.  As we previously reported ... law enforcement told TMZ  ... Sage's bedroom was "disgusting," reeking of various smells, and littered with cigarette butts and empty cans.  Numerous pill bottles were also found.

Rhine finished by telling TMZ, "What’s troubling is the fact that the people around him claim there were no signs. I saw the signs. When everyone from the shoot heard the news, none of us were surprised."  An interesting comment, because law enforcement sources say neighbors told them they were "shocked but not surprised."


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TMI, just let it be.

793 days ago

Wash. Hts. Girl    

How the heck doesn't a parent notice when there child "is out of it?" Sly is devastated but when was the last time he actually spent time with his son? I don't understand these "Hollywood" parents, in the least.

793 days ago


Has anyone questioned Robert Blake?

793 days ago

Wash. Hts. Girl    

I meant "their." Oops.

793 days ago


I wish Sage could have been helped but now he's in a better place. Rest his soul. So sad!

793 days ago

Rhonda C. Poynter    

Hope this isn't a double post - my computer crashed. I was noting that what bothers me about this situation is that nobody noticed that this man was out of commission for at least 3 days, if not longer - and when he was checked on, it was a housekeeper who had been prompted to do so by Sage's family member. Not to be a b##ch, but how far away, geographically, were family members that they could not check for themselves? I said this in my first dropped post, and still want to make the statement: Perhaps, they were far away from Sage in more than the obvious sense of the word. Sad.

793 days ago

Rhonda C. Poynter    

I know that some will say that this was a grown man, and that I am being ridiculous to expect someone to check on him long before they did, but JC, this is sad, and possibly pathetic. Not to jab the family when they're already down, but calling a housekeeper to check? How far away from Sage's house were his family members that they couldn't do it themselves? As a matter of fact, in many senses of the question, how far away were they from Sage, the man?

793 days ago


Girls and Corpses Magazine!?!?!?! REALLY!? Girls and Corpses!?

793 days ago


Nice that his father checks in every now and then!
Guess not!
His kid is dead!
Someones gonna need a good shrink!

793 days ago


People in such a desolate state need professional help. Problem is, they have to want that help...If you have a fricking familiy that doesn't care, like in Sage's case, than there is NO help.

Maybe i'm wrong, but it comes to my mind, that the Stallones are completely f* up and that Sly is an Idiot...

793 days ago


its always the parents fault...he was dead for a week and the mother called the house keeper to check on him and not the stupid is that..he was drugged up for months and no one cared to get him many partys did his father go to during this time...he never called to check on his own son then puts on an act that he cares...they might be rich and famous but they are like any other trailer park trash..

793 days ago


The people close to him had to have seen the signs but were just in denial. Maybe they felt that he was just depressed and would snap out of it. Sometimes people do not want to hear the truth because it hurts. So the photographer noticed right away, but if he were to mention it to one of Sages inner circle, I wonder if they would have just made an excuse for his behavior. Just sounds like a lot of denial. I really like Sylvester Stallone and I am praying for he and his family. I've always heard that there is no greater loss than a parent losing a child. It is not natural for the parent to outlive the child no matter the age.

793 days ago


This makes me teary eyed.

793 days ago


his poor family must be going through hell. i hope they are able to get through this awful time. RIP ps TMZ stop milking the cow of this story and have some respect.

793 days ago


Does Rhine know well Ozzy, who left drugs? What's an "Ozzy behaviour"? So much crap! The guy was addicted, died adn that's it. No need for "out of it".

793 days ago
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