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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.