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It never gets easy hearing someone has passed from a potential overdose, regardless of whether we knew them or not. It is often said that you either find recovery or death with the disease of addiction.  Although there has not been any confirming reports, authorities are suggesting that the cause of death of Scott Sterling was an overdose.

Scott Sterling the 32 year old son of Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, was found dead of an apparent overdose in his apartment on January 1st, 2013 in Malibu, Los Angeles.

“Sheriff’s homicide and Los Angeles County coroner’s personnel at this time believe that Sterling died of an apparent drug overdose,” the statement Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said the death appeared to be accidental, but an autopsy was planned to determine the exact cause of death.

After a few days of not hearing from Scott a friend called the police. Scott was found around 11:30 p.m. according to Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz.

Scott made headlines back in 1999 when he was arrested for shooting his friend with a shotgun. Beverly Hills police said Philip Scheid was shot in the legs during an argument at Donald Sterling’s mansion. The argument was apparently over “Saved By The Bell: The New Class” actress Lindsey McKeon. There have been claims of police intimidation as to why he was never charged. The county district attorney’s office declined to file criminal charges, citing credibility problems with the victim.

Donald Sterling and wife Shelley released a statement thanking friends for sympathy, asking for privacy and saying their son was diabetic, but did not indicate what role, if any, that may have played in his death.

“Our son Scott has fought a long and valiant battle against Type 1 Diabetes,” the statement said. “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.”

Others including the Clippers coach, president and NBA Commissioner David Stern have expressed their condolences to the Sterling family over their loss.

“All our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sterling family,” – Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro –

“Scott was a friend to many in the Clippers’ family and he will be greatly missed.”- Team President Andy Roeser –

“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,”. – NBA Commissioner David Stern –

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