20/11/2014 05:12 GMT | Updated 20/11/2014 05:59 GMT

Sharon Stone's Nephew, Colin Stone, Dead 'In Suspected Heroin Overdose', Aged 22

Sharon Stone has been left “devastated” by the death of her nephew, Colin Stone, from an apparent heroin overdose.

Colin was found dead in his Hollywood apartment on 10 November, at the age of 22, “during a welfare check by his apartment manager”, according to Ed Winter from the LA County Coroner’s Office.

Sharon Stone

He explained to Radar Online: “His death was recorded as a possible overdose, pending toxicology reports”, while a source "connected to the situation" reportedly told Radar his death was "believed to be" caused by a heroin overdose.

His family have paid emotional tribute to him in a statement to Us Weekly, also reaching out to other families who are coping with substance abuse problems.

They said: “Colin was a wonderful talented son. Unfortunately he had an addiction bigger than himself. He will be greatly missed.

“Our prayers go out to all families coping with children facing addiction.”

Sharon and her brother, Michael, at the Academy Awards in 1994

Almost 20 years ago, Sharon had helped her older brother, Michael - Colin’s father - get his life back on track after he served two years in prison for possession of a kilo of cocaine, securing him a role in her film, ‘The Quick and the Dead’.

According to a source: “Michael was able to escape a life of drugs. Unfortunately, his son was not.”

Sharon is thought to have been filming the upcoming release, ‘Life On The Line’, when she received the terrible news of her nephew’s death earlier this month.

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