By Erin Strecker
July 16, 2012 at 04:59 PM EDT

Sylvester Stallone spoke to TMZ about the death of his son, Sage Stallone, saying he wants the “speculation and questionable reporting” to end.

Stallone said,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.”

Sage passed away over the weekend at age 36. The cause of death has not been determined.

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