Sylvester Stallone’s half-brother, Dante Stallone, is on the mend after being brutally attacked in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday night.
“He is recovering,” a friend of Dante tells PEOPLE.
The 19-year-old college student was attacked near campus at Florida State University and sustained several serious injuries.
“He got jumped by a group of several grown men,” claims the friend. “It happened just right off campus.”
Dante suffered a shattered jaw, split palate and several of his teeth were broken and knocked out, reports TMZ.
Dante, who is the son of Frank Stallone, Sr. and his 4th wife, Kathy Stallone, is a member of the SigmaAlpha Epsilon fraternity at FSU and is a biology major.
“He’s an awesome person to be around and he loves to have a good time,” says Dante’s friend. “He’s extremely loyal.”
Sylvester Stallone issued a statement, calling the vicious attack “tragic and terribly sad.”
“This is a wonderful young man, a straight-A student who would not cause any trouble,” said the actor. “It’s just so tragic and terribly sad.”
His older brother Frank Stallone Jr. said Dante was scheduled for surgery on Monday.
“For [sic] you that asked my brother goes into surgery tonight hoping for good results. Thanks for your thoughts and kind words,” he tweeted.