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. Judith

    Too much inherited wealth and privilege–this is an old story sadly repeated. Of course, if he hadn't been the son of a very rich man, it never would have been mentioned in the media. It's a sad tale of too much money run amok.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Overdose happens at a higher rate among the poor you hunt know about it because he dad owns a sports team. America needs to stop blaming everything on money.

      January 2, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Alan Scott


      January 2, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • yankee clipper

      You'd od too after watching the clippers play for the last 30 plus years! Irony is they finally are good.

      January 2, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. zaphed

    who cares.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • galv0nix

      Not you hehhe 🙂

      January 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David Q

    Zaphed, apparently YOU cared at least a little or you wouldn't have read/commented on the article.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    if only he had lower taxes on the tons of money he did not earn

    January 2, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. JGN

    A man is dead, his family is grieving, and you are all snapping at each other like dogs over his bones.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. FanUP

    Kids of the ridiculously wealthy are unhappy. They have nothing to live for, nothing to motivate them to wake up everyday, and constantly live in the shadow of their powerful influential fathers.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. crabman

    not a coward not jealous just honest -– if he wasn't the son of a rich person no one would notice-- condolences to the family --

    January 2, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Junior

      So true! Hundreds of addicts are found dead every day, yet no one reports those.

      January 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Because no one (including/especially you) cares unless the OD victim is at all famous or related to any kind of celebrity. If you died, no one but your immediate family, friends, and acquaintances would give a sheet.

      January 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      His grieving mother would have noticed.

      January 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      But still an unnecessary comment.

      January 2, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • waste

      the big difference between him and most of the other od-ers is that this kid and family had every opportunity in the universe to address his health problems.

      January 4, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. sfa51

    At 32 years of age, this guy was well past the age where mom & dad should be monitoring his activities. And yet, in their grief, they're probably blaming themselves because that's what parents do....

    January 2, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dave P

    Doesn't effect me. Rich people problems.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. gilly

    he died before seeing the clippers lose.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Constantine17642489;)

    What the hell is Clippers?

    January 2, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. judi

    i dont like to see this doesnt matter rich or poor he was unhappy. Condolences to the family. Oh it has nothing to do with b-ball!

    January 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Where is the love?

    With ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young
    So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone

    I'm no preacher but if this forum is representative of the world today, then a human life is only worth the money it produces.

    January 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JESUS

    Maybe his father gave him up for sacrifice. You know them illuminati people got to give something in order to keep their power. Maybe if his father wasn't such a RACIST his son would be alive.

    January 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sophie

    Dear Sir, sorry for your loss, may the Lord Bless you with consolence, Carrol O'Conner who played Archie Bunker in All In the Family, had this same tragedy. Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, so many others. I think it is depression and people just can't handle stress. Perhaps boredom, we will never know. But praying for you and your family. May you find peace in knowing you are not alone.

    January 2, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
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