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. 123elle

    An overdose is terrifyingly easy - especially if the person is alone or with other stoned people who can't respond to help. A minor miscalculation can bring about depressed breathing and death. My condolences to the poor family.

    January 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Captian Obvious says...

    And this time they couldn't even BUY one!

    January 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Teaparty for 2016: Save America

    Pray to the Lord to save AMERICA!

    January 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Millions have been. It ain't workin'.

      January 2, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • tagapay3

      Oh Lord Vader, thou art awesome. Please save us all from the ridiculousness of blind faith without proper evidence.
      Will that do?

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

    You negative people make me sick!!! You are exactly what is wrong with this world. Shame on all of those who mock someones death! This was a loved one of many and they are suffering. I am sure if you lost someone you wouldn't want to be reading negative comments now would you???

    January 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hernader

      If they lost a loved one, and were actually mourning – they wouldn't take the time to read this sheet. Now, calm down!

      The End.

      January 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. randy watson

    This is an outrage! If Leeds want to....then leads can and we have a new number 2 as of today folks!

    January 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JW

    What is the L.A. Clippers? Is it team from a barber college?

    January 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Abby Normal

    They are a barber shop quartet.

    January 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rare_earth

    Spoiled kids.
    Endless money.
    No responsibility.
    No self-discipline.
    End result – Death.

    January 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Roods

    Another 'untouchable' rich kid flushed down the toilet. Keep 'em coming!

    January 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • rh

      A close relative just survived a suicide attempt, and no, he wasn't rich. No responsibility and no self-discipline aren't limited to the rich.

      January 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. teejay36

    First of all why should anyone feel the need to be disrespectful. That was someone's son. We all have incountered a loss at one point or another, so please think back to the way we felt at that time and have a heart. I could care less about his wealth or politics, that young man was a human!!! R.I.P. I pray for your family and only know all too well the pain that they are being faced with!!! I will pray for you all and please do the same for me!!!

    January 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clown

      incountered ?

      January 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • MichaelK

      Lol pretty nasty, huh teejay? You must simply understand that these people that express such awful things will have to deal with the consequences of those feelings and actions, in some form or another, down the road. Energy is never lost, after all, it just comes back to you.

      January 2, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Milagros

    The Lord had more important work for him to do. He's in a far better place now. The addiction is gone.

    January 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • SetUsFree

      Let's see, the Lord have him OD to fulfill some Angelic requirement above. I heard he also had a school full of babies massacred for the very same reason. Please let me know his name, because he sure sounds evil, want to make sure none of my prayers are directed to him. Just saying…..

      January 2, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Honest Person

    Too bad, but better him than me.

    January 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hans Blix

      That's for sure! That's right!

      January 4, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Babak from LA

    Too bad. I didn't know the guy, but I do know addicts. It is a shame that some folks feel an emptiness they can never fill. RIP man ........ I disagree with everything you stand for, but I am father and feel for he old man.

    January 2, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. abc

    He just could not take the news about the tax rates goimg up for the rich.

    January 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim

    Rich, spoiled kid, now dead....Never took advantage of his advantage over millions of people.

    January 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
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