Stallone Half-Sister Dies of Lung CancerBy: Sean Patterson - August 28, 2012
Despite the success of his latest movie, The Expendables 2, Sylvester Stallone has had quite a rocky couple of months. Back in July, Stallone’s son Sage was found dead at age 36. Meanwhile, his half-sister Toni-Ann Filiti has been battling stage 4 lung cancer and getting progressively worse.
This week, Toni-Ann Filiti died from lung cancer. RadarOnline reports that she passed away on Sunday night. Apparently, Filiti was able to spend her last moments with family. Radar quotes an unnamed “insider” as saying she was taken from an intensive care unit in the UCLA Medical Center and moved to her mother’s home as her condition worsened.
Filiti was only 48 , and the Radar insider called the death “somewhat expected.” Her mother, Jackie Stallone, stated a few weeks back that Filiti was “conscious and responsive sometimes, but not really.” Jackie was still hoping for a miracle, but working at the same time to bring Filiti home so she could be comfortable.
The stress of the sickness and death in the Stallone family has, inevitably, led to tensions between family members. After the death of Sage, Filiti’s son Edd lashed out at his uncle, Sylvester, on Facebook, saying that Sage was depressed and could have used some contact from Sylvester. Edd later recanted his statements, telling the New York Post that he felt “raw and emotional,” and that even though he has his own issues with Sylvester, he should never have posted them to Facebook.