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Los Angeles Clippers owners son found dead

City News Service | 1/2/2013, 8:23 a.m.

MALIBU, Calif.--Scott Sterling, the 32-year-old son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, has died of an apparent drug overdose in Malibu, authorities said today.

Sheriff's deputies discovered the body in an apartment in the 22600 block of Pacific Coast Highway at 11:29 p.m. Tuesday after going there in response to calls from friends of Sterling reporting he had not been seen in days, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The man found dead in the apartment was identified this morning as Scott Sterling, said coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz. An autopsy was pending.

"Sheriff's homicide and Los Angeles Coroner's personnel at this time believe that Sterling died of an apparent drug overdose," according to a sheriff's statement.

Sterling made headlines in 1999 when he shot childhood friend Philip Scheid at the Beverly Hills home of Donald Sterling. According to police reports, Scheid was shot from behind with a 20-gauge shotgun, though Sterling claimed he fired in self defense when Scheid attacked him with a knife. Charges were never filed against Sterling, who was 19.