Sharon Stone borrows from old Hollywood in glamorous Dolce & Gabbana photoshoot in Venice… shot just weeks before her nephew’s tragic death
Sharon Stone appeared in a stunning photoshoot for Dolce & Gabbana in Venice, Italy that took place just weeks before she confirmed her 11-month-old nephew River tragically died after suffering severe organ failure.
The actress, 63, looked incredible in the shoot where she was joined by two male models while posing in outdoor locations in the Italian city.
The Basic Instinct star donned a black midi dress with a deep v-neckline which also featured long sleeves and a daring leg split.
Beauty: Sharon Stone took part in a stunning photoshoot for Dolce & Gabbana in Venice, Italy that took place just weeks before she confirmed her 11-month-old nephew River tragically died after suffering severe organ failure
The actress added height to her frame with a pair of black heels while she also carried a matching clutch bag while striking a pose for the camera.
Sharon added to her look by styling her platinum blonde locks into a quiff while she complimented her outfit with a gold cross necklace and matching earrings.
In another look, the film star displayed her physique in a figure hugging black leather dress with a cut out embellishment on the sides.
Sharon appeared in good spirits as she posed among a flock of pigeons and even had a bird placed on her head during some of the shoot.
Stunning: The actress, 63, looked incredible in the shoot where she posed in outdoor locations in the Italian city
Romantic: Sharon was also joined by two male models and at one point put on a steamy display with one of them
Tragedy: Sharon revealed that her 11-month-old nephew River tragically died just days after he was found in his crib with ‘total organ failure’
The A-list actress clearly drew attention during the photoshoot as crowds could be seen gathering nearby to take snaps of the star.
Sharon was also joined by two male models for the day who were both dressed in matching black Dolce & Gabbana suits.
The Total Recall star put on a romantic display with one of the models as they wrapped their arms around each other and leaned in for a kiss.
It comes after Sharon confirmed her nephew and godson River has died, just days after he was found in his crib suffering ‘severe organ failure’ that left him in a coma.
Fun in the sun: Sharon laughed and joked with the other models who were dressed in Dolce & Gabbana suits
Elegant: The Basic Instinct star donned a black midi dress with a deep v-neckline which also featured long sleeves and a daring leg split
Smooch: The actress smiled for the camera as the two male models gave her a kiss
Sharon shared the tragic news of River’s passing on Instagram on Monday afternoon, posting a video of the baby boy along with the caption: ‘River William Stone. Sept. 8, 2020 – Aug. 30, 2021.’
River was the youngest child of Sharon’s younger brother Patrick and his wife, Tasha, who live in Ohio with their three children.
The Basic Instinct star, whose video tribute was set to Eric Clapton’s Tears In Heaven, did not share any other information about what exactly happened to River – having only revealed on Friday that the youngster was suffering from ‘total organ failure’ and would need a ‘miracle’ to survive.
‘My nephew and godson River Stone was found in his crib w[sic] total organ failure today. Please pray for him. We need a miracle,’ she wrote at the time, while posting an image of River lying in a hospital bed while hooked up to numerous medical devices.
Camera: The models balanced several birds on their arms as they walked towards the camera
Flawless: The Golden Globe winner added to her look by styling her platinum blonde locks into a quiff
Glamour: The actress sported a large pair of sunglasses while she also wore a light pallet of makeup
Steamy: Sharon put on a steamy display with one of the models as he wrapped his arm around her waist
Good time: Sharon appeared in good spirits as she posed among a flock of pigeons and even had a bird placed on her head during some of the shoot
River’s mother Tasha also wrote an impassioned plea for prayers on her Facebook page last week, revealing that her son had been airlifted to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh on Thursday, where he was fighting for his life in a coma.
‘This is the HARDEST thing I have ever had to post but I am BEGGING everyone and anyone who prays please pray HARD for River,’ the devastated mother wrote. ‘Every single second of this is literally killing me. I just want my sweet sweet boy back.’
Although she did not share the cause of her son’s condition, she said that doctors had told her River would ‘never be the same’ if he ever woke up from his coma.
‘The doctor said if he does pull through he will never be the same,’ she continued. ‘Please I am begging for prayers that my baby can be healed and come back with his family who love him so very much. I am beyond heartbroken.’
Careful: One of the model’s helped to bat away a pigeon from Sharon’s hair
Model: Sharon also posed for several solo stills during the shoot where she laughed for the camera
Crowd: The A-list actress clearly drew attention during the photoshoot as crowds could be seen gathering nearby to take snaps of the star
Neither Tasha or Patrick have yet to comment on their son’s tragic passing, and no details about the causes of his illness have been shared.
There are a number of severe medical conditions that can lead to multiple organ failure in children, however the leading cause is sepsis, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
Sepsis – which can be sparked by another infection in the body – is particularly dangerous for children, because the symptoms are more easily missed than they are in adult patients.
Birth defects and other undiagnosed illness can also lead to pediatric organ failure however, and it is not yet known whether any of these conditions caused River’s severe illness.
Designer: The famous D&G logo could be seen on the side of Sharon’s sunglasses
Shimmering: The star’s gold necklace also featured a colourful bejeweled embellishment
Sensational: Sharon looked like she was having the time of her life during the fun shoot
UPMC Children’s Hospital is one of the top ten pediatric hospitals in the country – and it implemented the world’s first pediatric solid organ transplant programs.
Sharon was inundated with messages of condolences after sharing the news on Instagram however, with actress Selma Blair simply writing: ‘I am so sorry. My lord.’
Meanwhile Andie MacDowell offered her sympathy, commenting: ‘I’m so sorry lord.’
Will & Grace actor Sean Hayes added, ‘I’m sitting here in tears. I’m so sorry, Sharon. What a beautiful boy. Sending all my love to you and your family.’
His former co-star Debra Messing also shared a note of sympathy for Stone and her family, writing: ‘…I am in disbelief. Oh Sharon, there are no words, other than I’m so sorry for your whole family’s loss. I am praying for all of you at this unimaginable time.’
Beginnings: Sharon started off her career as a model and previously lived in Milan and Paris
Change of heart: She later ended up quitting modelling in favour of acting and returned to New York City
Limelight: Her career was given a major boost when she starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall in 1990
Sharon was traveling in Italy when she revealed the news of her nephew’s devastating medical condition – having journeyed to Venice in order to take part in the photoshoot for Dolce & Gabbana – however she arrived back in the US over the weekend, when she was pictured landing at JFK airport in New York.
River’s passing comes amid a difficult time for the extended Stone family, which has seen several members dealing with serious health problems in recent months – including cases of COVID-19.
Last year, a grief-stricken stone revealed that her ‘adopted grandmother’ Eileen Mitzman and her godmother had died from complications associated with the virus.
The actress’s sister, Kelly, who has lupus, and her husband, Bruce, had also contracted the disease and were left ‘fighting for their lives’ before eventually recovering.
Fame: Two years later, the actress appeared in the thriller Basic Instinct which has remained one of her most famous roles
Success: Basic Instinct became one of the most financially successful films of the 1990s
Award: Sharon took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her performance in Martin Scorsese’s Casino in 1995
Achievement: That same year, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Body of work: Some of her more recent films include The Disaster Artist in 2017 and The Laundromat in 2019
While speaking about her sister’s battle with the illness in an Instagram video shared in August 2020, Sharon also shared that her mother, Dorothy, had suffered ‘two heart attacks’ in the five months leading up to her post – and had to have ‘five stents’, which help to open the arteries and prevent blockages in the heart – and a pacemaker as a result.
It also appears as though River’s mother Tasha has been struggling with health issues in recent months; comments left on her Facebook page in January suggest that she had to receive medical treatment that required her to spend time away from her family.
At the time, the mother-of-three revealed that she had returned home – but that she had an IV port in her arm, and would be undergoing continued treatment with the help of a home help nurse for several weeks.
‘I was able to come home with a power glide IV port in my arm so I can continue to receive treatments from a home health nurse at home for the next couple of weeks,’ she wrote.
‘After that I will be switched to a pill form of the antibiotic. I am just thankful to be back with my family.’
Heartbreaking: Sharon, who last year revealed that her grandmother had passed away from complications relating to COVID-19, was traveling in Italy when her nephew River was first hospitalized