Los Angeles Business Journal

Son of Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Found Dead

By RYAN FAUGHNDER Originally published January 2, 2013 at 2:45 p.m., updated January 2, 2013 at 3:56 p.m.

The son of L.A. real estate tycoon Donald Sterling was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his Malibu home, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday.

Authorities found the body of Scott Sterling, 32, shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He had not been seen for several days, the Sheriff’s Department said.

In addition to his real estate holdings, Donald Sterling also owns the Clippers basketball team.

“Our son Scott has fought a long and valiant battle against Type 1 Diabetes," Sterling said in a statement. "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 is ranked 10th on the Business Journal’s list of wealthiest Angelenos, with a net worth of about $3.25 billion. Trophy holdings include the Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel and Sterling World Plaza. The Clippers have an estimated worth of $500 million or more.

According to published reports, Scott Sterling was arrested in 1999 for allegedly shooting and injuring a childhood friend with a shotgun. He was not charged. He was 19 years old at the time.