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Son of Clippers Owner Found Dead

donald-sterlingPolice are investigating the death of Scott Sterling, son of Clippers owner Donald Sterling, whose body was found at a home in Malibu.

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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.

MALIBU, Calif. (KTLA) –Police are investigating the death of Scott Sterling, son of Clippers owner Donald Sterling, whose body was found in his Malibu apartment.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives were called to the 22600 block of Pacific Coast Highway at 11:29 p.m. on Tuesday.

It was not immediately known who reported the death.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore confirmed it was the body of Scott Sterling, 32, the son of the Clippers owner and real estate mogul.

scott-sterlingThe body was found alone, and friends and family had not seen Scott Sterling for a couple of days, Whitmore said.

The following statement was released Wednesday on behalf of the family of Donald T. and Shelly Sterling:

“Our son Scott has fought a long and valiant battle against Type 1 Diabetes.

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.

At this time, we respectfully ask to be afforded the opportunity to mourn this loss in an appropriately private manner.”

It will be several weeks before a cause of death is determined, pending toxicology tests.

Scott Sterling made headlines back in 2009, after he shot his childhood friend, Philip Scheid, who he claimed attacked him with a knife.

The incident happened at Donald Sterling’s home in Beverly Hills. Scott Sterling was never charged in the case.