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Autopsy Completed in Death of Scott Sterling, Son of Clippers Owner

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — An autopsy was completed Thursday for 32-year-old Scott Sterling, who was found dead in his Malibu home of an apparent overdose.

Los Angeles County chief coroner’s investigator Craig Harvey say the cause of death has been deferred pending the results of toxicology testing.

Scott Sterling is the son of Los Angeles Clippers owner and real estate mogul Donald Sterling.

Homicide detectives were called to his apartment complex in the 22600 block of Pacific Coast Highway about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and found him dead on the couch.

He had not been seen by family and friends for at least two days, authorities said. There were no signs of foul play, officials said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said a person “checked on” Sterling and then called authorities.

The Sterling family released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying that Scott, 32, was suffering from diabetes.

“Our son Scott has fought a long and valiant battle against Type 1 Diabetes,” the statement read.

“His death is a terrible tragedy, the effects of which will be felt forever by our family and all those who knew and loved him.

“We sincerely appreciate the warm outpouring of sympathy and support from so many of our dear friends.”

Toxicology tests to determine the cause of death could take up to six weeks to complete.

Officials said that they did not know what kind of drugs were involved and whether Sterling was taking any types of prescription medications at the time of his death.

It was also unclear whether Sterling’s diabetic condition played a role in his death.

Sterling had previously struggled with addiction.

He also had a brush with the law back in 1999, when he was accused of shooting his friend, but was never charged.