​Sylvester Stallone Half-Sister Toni Ann Filiti Dies of Cancer

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August 28, 2012

Sylvester Stallone is grieving for a second time in two months after his half-sister died from cancer. Toni Ann Filiti, 48, passed away Sunday morning at her mother’s residence in Santa Monica, Calif., just six weeks after the “Rocky” star’s 36-year-old son Sage Moonblood was found lifeless in his Los Angeles home.

“I was holding her in my arms. I had just washed [her] face and told her how pretty she looked, and she just fell asleep,” matriarch Jackie Stallone, 90, said of her daughter’s death from lung cancer that traveled to her brain.

“She’s too young to go, but she wasn’t feeling any pain,” the devastated mom told the Daily News. “What a terrible month. First Sage and now Toni. It’s hard. At least they’re together now in heaven.”

She said her daughter was on heavy pain medication but had her eyes open earlier in the day.

“I was talking to her about renting a place in Paris where we would go so she could get better. I believe in miracles. But my husband is a doctor and said she was dying,” she recalled. “A little while later he said she was gone. I stayed with her a couple hours on the bed.”

Filiti had been in a local hospital recently but moved home for her final days.

Jackie Stallone said she spoke to her world-famous son Sunday to deliver the sad news.

“He said he can’t take any more pain,” she stated. “He said he’ll always be there for her son.”