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Son of Clippers owner found dead of possible drug overdose

Jan 2, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

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UPDATE: 7:28 pm: The Sterling family released this statement (via Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times):

“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.”

David Stern released this statement:

“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. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the Sterling family at this most difficult time.”

As a parent, I simply can’t imagine the pain of losing a child. My heart goes out to the Sterlings.

10:22 am: Scott Sterling, the 32-year-old son of Clippers owner and Los Angeles real estate mogul Donald Sterling, has been found dead in the family’s Malibu home, reports

Homicide detectives are at a Malibu home Wednesday morning after the discovery of a deceased male identified as 32-year-old Scott Sterling….

A cause of death was not immediately available. The body was discovered just after midnight. A coroner’s van was at the residence early Wednesday.

KTLA News in Los Angeles is reporting the Coroner’s Office told them it appears the death is from a drug overdose, and now the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is saying they are investigating this as a possible overdose.

Scott Sterling was not directly involved in the Clippers organization. The younger Sterling had run-ins with the law before (Beverly Hills police wanted charges filed against him 12 years ago for shooting a friend but the District Attorney said no), however he had no criminal record.

Our thoughts are with the Sterling family at the time of this loss.

  1. pl4tinum514 - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Sad story. These kids with famous parents often turn out to lead messed up lives.

  2. ezwriter69 - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Shouldn’t be negative in response to a truly sad story, but Donald Sterling is NOT a real estate mogul, he’s a slumlord, and a discriminatory racist one at that, who’s paid numerous fines and lawsuits for being exactly that.
    Must have been very hard being that man’s son…

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      People thumb downing for timing, not facts I’m guessing, because what EZ posted is bonafide.

  3. dannymac17 - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    2013 has not started so well for the Clippers.


  4. zerole00 - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    What’s up with these stupid kids? They’re born into a privileged lifestyle, any education they want to pursue is within their financial reach, any career they want to go into is possible because of family connections, and instead they turn to something as stupid as drugs?

    What a waste of a life.

    • florida727 - Jan 2, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      As sad as this story is, and maybe this isn’t the place to discuss it, the problem with these kinds of kids (just my opinion obviously) is that everything has been given to them and they’ve never had to work for anything. This’ll sound pretty stupid, but think of it in its context: Bill Gates’ kids will “only” inherit $10 million each. Considering the lifestyle they’ve grown up in, that’s actually not a lot. Gates said it was because he didn’t want his kids to be “spoiled” or live a life without knowing what it takes to achieve success. Unfortunately, our society has become all about entitlements… what can I get, from the government or whoever, without actually having to WORK for it. That’s the root cause for things like what the Sterling family now has to deal with. No parent should have to bury their own child. This is beyond sad, and regardless of how Sterling made his money, the bottom line is that it contributed to the demise of his own son… and by any standard, that’s just plain sad.

      • limonadamas - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        Well said… and if you read the linked article, there’s a transcript of a despicable exchange between DS and a police detective where DS tries to bully and intimidate him to drop charges (DS and his lawyer later denied this exchange, but luckily it was recorded).

        You can buy people off and live above the law for a time, but ultimately, you can’t escape from the greater consequences of a lifetime of immoral activity. Sad situation all around. =(

      • mogogo1 - Jan 2, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        I highly recommend everyone read that linked article about the shooting. Talk about money/influence getting people out of trouble… A guy gets shot from behind by the Sterling kid, who proceeds to give totally unbelievable stories directly refuted by eye-witnesses. (Including that the guy he’d shot in both legs must have climbed a tall wall to leave the property because the gate that everybody else said was wide open had been closed.) Donald eventually tries to intimidate the cops into dropping the case. Yet no charges of any kind are ever filed against the Sterling kid. Makes you wonder if his life wouldn’t have turned out far better if he’d actually been made to face up to his misdeeds instead of being protected all his life.

      • badintent - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        The linked story was something out of “LA Confidential” . Greed, power,attemped intimidation, political connnections, and Lots of lying( a lawyer’s best friend ). Donald … Karma.All your $$ can’t being back your son.

        RIP Scott

      • louhudson23 - Jan 3, 2013 at 5:17 AM

        Hey florida,While your expression of sympathy is well spoken and well placed,I don’t think it is necessary to drag the wealthiest 1% through the mud by mentioning their “what can I get from the Government” outlook and sense of entitlement. Corporate raiders and robber bankers are people too……and scamming a lobbied system of de-regulation and amidst
        historically low taxes IS real work……

  5. zacksdad - Jan 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    I am confused Kurt, I read the whole article about the Murder Charges. No one died, there is no reference to murder charges. Why does your link state Murder Charges?

    Sad story about his death, RIP.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      Im guessing the word “attempted” was omitted.

      • Kurt Helin - Jan 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        It was and the story has been altered.

  6. illcomm - Jan 2, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    this guy shot someone in the back with a shotgun and killed him. must of been hard to live with that fact.

    • zacksdad - Jan 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Who did he kill, the victim is still alive. He walks with a limp now, but still breathing. Unless he is a zombie, him telling the police what happened, him suing the Sterlings, and him walking with a limp tells me he is alive.

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