The Los Angeles County Coroner released Thursday its finding that Sage Stallone, the 36-year-old actor/producer son of Sylvester Stallone, died of natural causes. Sage's passing is yet another tragic departure in a lengthy list of celebrity offspring who went before their time. Sage's death was linked to coronary disease which some reports associated to smoking. A negligible amount of Vicodin, a popular and often overused painkiller, was found in his system but despite speculations, his death did not result from a drug overdose.
The 2009 passing of John Travolta's 16-year-old son, Jett, while on a family vacation in the Bahamas, was another unexpected shock which left many questioning the cause of death. An uncontrollable, violent seizure was initially disclosed as the cause but the source of the seizure was unclear. Jett's mother, Kelly Preston, maintained the incident resulted from a disorder her son was born with called Kawasaki syndrome. Some media outlets suspected Jett suffered from Autism but his family initially dismissed claims Jett was ever autistic.
Jennifer Hudson lost her mother, brother and beloved 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, in a fatal shooting in 2008. The ex-husband of Hudson's sister Julia was found guilty for the murders after a 2012 trial which garnered worldwide attention. Hudson found happiness again after giving birth to a son named David Daniel Otunga Jr. in 2009 with her fiancé WWE wrestler David Otunga.
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Rapper and rap producer extraordinaire, Dr. Dre, lost his son Andre Romelle Young Jr., 20, from a heroin and morphine overdose in 2008. Andre Jr. was found unresponsive in bed by his mother who called paramedics. A much anticipated album, Detox Chroniclez, was released by Dre in 2010 featuring a tribute song for the rapper's late brother. Although Dre had written several songs for his son, he felt they were too personal to add to the album.
Anna Nicole Smith's son Daniel Wayne Smith also passed too soon at 20 from a drug overdose in 2006. He was visiting his mother in the Bahamas after she gave birth to daughter Dannielynn. In 2007 the reality star and former playmate also died from a drug overdose, leaving behind her baby daughter and a messy paternity suit which followed.
Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil lost his 4-year-old daughter Skylar Lynnae Neil to cancer in 1995. Neil founded the Skylar Neil Memorial Foundation in her honor, which raises money for cancer. In 1999, Neil sued Boeing North American Inc. claiming his daughter's death resulted from the company's dumping of radioactive material near his Chatsworth home. The rocker also wrote "Skylar's Song" for his daughter, much in the same vain that Eric Clapton wrote "Tears in Heaven" after his 4-year-old son Conor tragically fell out of a high-rise window.
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