January 2nd, 2013
10:16 AM ET

Son of Los Angeles Clippers owner found dead, team spokesman says

The son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been found dead in Malibu, California, according to a spokesman for the team.

Scott Sterling, 32, was reported dead at 12:42 a.m. PT on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.

Sheriff's officers and the coroner's office believe he died of an "apparent drug overdose," according to a press release.

He was discovered by officers who were sent to the home and later pronounced dead by paramedics.

Donald and Shelly Sterling issued a statement later Wednesday in which they thanked supporters for their sympathy and asked for privacy as they mourn their son.

"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," the statement said.

Clippers President Andy Roeser offered condolences to the family in a news release.

"Today the thoughts and prayers of our organization go out to Donald T. and Shelly Sterling and their children Chris and Joanna, in the wake of this tragic loss. Scott was a friend to many in the Clippers' family and he will be greatly missed."

NBA Commissioner David Stern also expressed sympathy.

"On behalf of the NBA family, we extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Donald and Shelly Sterling on the loss of their son Scott," he said in a statement.

soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. cnnlicksit

    Another over-privileged child bites the dust.

    January 2, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tennbo

    Because he's more important than you and I Joseph, he's more important.

    January 2, 2013 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Montana

    Who is clifford/clippport/cippers?

    January 2, 2013 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • mrwhatwhatwhatyo

      sarcastic or not, clippers are a good story for sports, especially NBA, fans. I am neither but can appreciate the success they are having this year.

      January 2, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Maria

    Dead in Malibu. First order of the day: toxicology.

    January 2, 2013 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. steph

    accidental death = overdose

    January 2, 2013 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    Couldn't handle that the Clippers winning streak ended yesterday.

    January 2, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)?? WHY? must be for the shock value and little sense of SELF

      January 2, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. bonjourno

    have some respect for the mans loss of his son, it's called courtisy!

    January 2, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Helookslikeateapartypatriot

      Try "courtesy"

      January 2, 2013 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      You have to understand where you are. You will not find intelligence, or sympathy here. Only bitter, obnoxious people.
      Thank you for the spelling lesson helooks. Do you feel more superior now? Very sad all around.

      January 2, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jet214

    The reason why it makes the news is because the rest of us like to hear and read about bad news coming to the wealthy. It makes Joe middle class feel better about themselves.

    January 2, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. Marti

    Aw, people be nice. This was someone's child, dying all alone. Very sad.

    January 2, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. the_dude

    What did he over-dose on? Prescription pills is my guess

    January 2, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Solomon

    Just blame it on Guns and ban them..lol

    January 2, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. K3vin

    Yeah, CNN should have reported on your awesome New Years Eve adventures.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. TL

    because you and many others clicked on it

    January 2, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Meekee

    Whats the big deal? Just throw some money at the problem. Go buy another yacht or Lamborghini and life wil be good again.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Marti

    Trudy, he lived in Malibu. I hate to tell you, but the OWS people are too busy running a FOOD TENT for people on Staten Island who lost their homes.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
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