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‘Something just has not been right’ with Sylvester Stallone’s son Sage

Sage Stallone poses with his uncle Frank Stallone 2006. | Getty Images

Sage Stallone poses with his uncle, Frank Stallone, in 2006. | Getty Images

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Updated: August 17, 2012 7:07AM

While Sylvester Stallone, ex-wife Sasha Czack and everyone related to Sage Stallone mourn the death of the former couple’s son, a friend of Sage’s said Sunday, “Something just has not been right with Sage for the past months.”

This friend, who worked with the younger Stallone on various film projects, hastened to add, “I don’t think he would do anything to take his own life, and there’s absolutely no evidence he did. But I wonder if his overall distraction could have led him to make a mistake. It’s mistakes that so often lead people taking prescription drugs to make a fatal mistake.”

As rumors flew immediately after Sage Stallone’s body was discovered by his housekeeper Friday, his attorney quickly denied weekend reports that the director and producer had been dead for an extended period of time.

However, according to my source, Stallone had become something of a recluse in recent days — often not leaving his apartment’s bedroom for fairly lengthy stretches.

That said, another former Stallone associate, David Finster, stressed Sunday, “You can’t make much of something like that. Creative people — and Sage was one of the most originally creative people I’ve ever met — often work best when totally alone, so they can completely concentrate.”

PAPARAZZI PANIC: Celebrities battling the ever-present paparazzi is nothing new, but on the heels of Alec Baldwin and Justin Bieber’s recent meltdowns over overly intrusive shutterbugs, a couple of new incidents are worth noting.

Miley Cyrus spent much of her weekend tweeting (and complaining to Hollywood pals) about photographers literally camping out in front of her L.A. home — enough to give credence to her recent comment about a desire to move back to Nashville, just to find a bit of privacy. In a Sunday tweet, Cyrus opined, “How is it legal for men I’ve never seen before to sit in front of my house and then follow me around. So shady and scary.”

A few days ago, Cyrus also tweeted, “I hate paparazzi with a passion. Disgusting pigs. (No offense to pigs.)”

Meanwhile, Megan Fox and husband Brian Austin Green testified in court last week they were “forced to defend themselves” on a Hawaiian beach against a photographer they claim was “hyper aggressive and physically combative.” This all stems from a lawsuit filed by paparazzo Delbert Shaw against the couple, alleging Green knocked him to the ground, hit him and caused severe injuries in an incident at the Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai on Hawaii’s big island in December 2010.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Joan Cusack, WLS-Channel 7’s Kathy Brock, ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore and media moguls Rebecca and Charlie Besser were among the Lincoln Park Zoo Ball guests surprised Friday by the Village People — who rocked out with their signature hits, “Macho Man,” “In the Navy” and — of course — “YMCA.” … Music man Billy Corgan spent a much quieter Friday night, dining with friends outside at Gibsons on Rush. … Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and her rock-star hubby Chris Martin spent the weekend at Public Chicago and dined at the hotel’s Pump Room. ... Pitchfork Festival darling Feist feasted on burgers at 25 Degrees and also dined at Nellcote. … Happy parents-to-be Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler enjoyed dinner with friends at RPM Italian. … Pop rocker Ryan Cabrera was seen shooting pool at Rockit Bar & Grill, before supping at Sunda Saturday. … After beating the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, new Cub star Anthony Rizzo celebrated at Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier, while teammate Ryan Dempster headed to Joe’s Stone Crab. … Speaking of the Cubbies, former Wrigley Field mainstay Mark Grace (who now announces for the D-Backs) held court two nights in a row at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie — happily greeting fans.

LAUGH A LOT: “Saturday Night Live” fans take note: Cast member Jay Pharoah will hit town this coming weekend. The comic — known for his impressions of Denzel Washington, Kanye West, Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy on “SNL” — will perform at Zanies in Rosemont Friday and Saturday, and at Zanies on Wells Street on Sunday.

SPECIAL SALUTE: The legion of friends and admirers of the late, great Carlos Hernandez Gomez will gather for the third annual tribute concert in memory for the award-winning journalist and broadcaster at 7 p.m. Saturday at Uncle Fatty’s in Lincoln Park. The event will raise funds for the scholarship in Carlos’ name at DePaul and the university’s forum on policy and public service named for him, as well as Life Matters Media. The Saturday concert will feature “British Invasion” music of the ’60s and ’70s, plus ’80s pop hits performed by Carlos’ former band, the Gear. For more information, go to

WORD PERFECT: Given the popularity of online Scrabble and and other competitive word games, it’s not surprising there’s now a film inspired by that whole phenomenon. “Qwerty,” a romantic comedy filmed in Chicago, makes its local premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center at 8 p.m. July 28, with director Bill Sebastian and actress Dana Pupkin scheduled to attend.

The film focuses on a budding romance between two reclusive nerds — set against the backdrop of a dysfunctional Illinois DMV office, with shy Zoe (Pupkin) competing for the National Scrabble championship.

BOOK BEAT: Congrats to the indefatigable Marion Simon, who for decades has done so much and raised so much money for a lengthy list of major Chicago non-profits. Now the 95-year-young dynamo has captured her take on her life and the civic and charitable scene of the past century in The Show Must Go On, her memoir due out this fall. One of Marion’s greatest achievements was the creation of the patient representative program at the old Michael Reese Hospital — a concept later duplicated by other medical centers.

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