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NBA Clippers Owner Sterling’s Son Dead of Apparent Overdose

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Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) -- The son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was found dead of an apparent drug overdose, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

The body of 32-year-old Scott Sterling was found last night at his Malibu home, according to the statement. He was pronounced dead at the scene, where coroner’s personnel said he died of an apparent drug overdose, according to the statement.

Scott Sterling hadn’t been heard from for several days, the department said in the statement.

“Our son Scott has fought a long and valiant battle against type one diabetes,” said his parents, Donald and Shelly Sterling, in an e-mail from the club. “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.”

Donald Sterling, a real-estate developer, is in his 32nd season as owner of the Clippers, who have a National Basketball Association-high 25 wins. The team’s 17-game winning streak was snapped last night in Denver.

“Scott was a friend to many in the Clippers’ family and he will be greatly missed,” Clippers President Andy Roeser said in an e-mail.

To contact the reporter on this story: Scott Soshnick in New York at ssoshnick@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net