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. Liz

    Why were the officers pronounce dead by paramedics? When will CNN hire actual writers?

    January 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yoda

    don't be so quick to take away the humanity of another less by your actions and standards you take away your own without realizing.

    January 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tom

    And you Synco are King of the Trash Pile.

    January 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. closet atheist

    Another rich kid dead of an overdose... tear running down my cheek....

    January 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr. Sir Dude

    Waffles are in my ears

    January 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sheila

    This is like the 3 son of a sportsteam owner found dead. Seems like a strange coincidence

    January 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada: America's Hat

      Watson, a conspiracy's afoot!

      January 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Eric Wilson

    Other Breaking News: Eric Wilson of Alpha, NJ is just about ready to take his first dump of 2013! Oh the horror!

    January 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. diana

    I wonder if same dealer as whitney

    January 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • phil...

      Why put Whitney in this IDIOT!!!!!

      January 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Romney

      I think this may an important clue. This shameless dealer can deliver rotten stuff while getting good money.

      January 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • John W.

      @Romney: You watch way, way too much television.

      January 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      Legalize!! er ... maybe not.

      January 2, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      maybe what he OD'd on is already legal

      January 3, 2013 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. NNN

    "He was discovered by officers who were sent to the home and later pronounced dead by paramedics"-hmmm, how is it the officers were later pronounced dead?

    January 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • T.rex


      January 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • AdamWest

      Ha – LIKE!

      January 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rednip

      Grammar troll fail, as 'he' was clearly the object of the sentence, not the officers.

      January 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • tagapay3

      We get what the author means, but the sentence is incorrectly worded. I can't call this a "grammar troll fail." This should have been reworded or split into two sentences.

      Good catch! One down, many more to go!

      January 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Billy

    He died along with the Clippers' 17-game win streak.

    January 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Greg

    So sad. Just horrible.

    January 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Your right, so sad he was so stupid that he overdosed!

      January 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. j

    Gene pool redux.

    January 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ahmedhaider

    He fullfilled the greatest american dream,to die from a great overdose,that is the greatest accomplishment in american culture

    January 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ahmedhaider

    He fullfilled the greatest american dream,to die from a great overdose,

    January 2, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cp

    who cares?

    January 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Anyone who bothered to take the time to click on this article and even leave a comment.

      January 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      He was a fellow human being whose life mattered to him as much as our own do to us. No doubt his mother and father care. It's called compassion – try it sometime.

      January 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
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