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Scott Sterling Death Ruling: How Was Donald Sterling's Son's Death Accidental?

By Jason Van Hoven - Posted: 04/23/13 11:16AM EDT
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Donald Sterling (R) sits with his wife Shelly as he watches the Clippers play the New York Knicks in Los Angeles on Feb. 11, 2009. In January, Sterling lost his son Scott to what is now revealed to be an accidental, drug-related death. (Photo: Reuters)

The death of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's son has been ruled accidental as the result of a pulmonary embolism and "narcotic medication intake," according to reports.

Scott Sterling, the 32-year-old son of 79-year-old Donald Sterling, was found dead in his apartment on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on New Year's night, where Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials suspected an apparent drug overdose.  

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As Yahoo Sports notes, Assistant Chief Investigator Ed Winter said that it appeared that Sterling injected narcotics meant to be taken orally into his veins, resulting in a pulmonary embolism.

Los Angeles County coroner's officials said that oxycodone was also found to be in Sterling's system while the fact that he also had diabetes was a "significant condition" in his death.

The Sterling family released a statement soon after Scott Sterling's death saying that he suffered from diabetes, but didn't elaborate on how it might have played into his death.

"Our son Scott has fought a long and valiant battle against Type 1 diabetes," said the 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. We sincerely appreciate the warm outpouring of sympathy and support from so many of our dear friends."

Scott Sterling, despite being the son of a very famous real estate mogul, was able to stay out of the public limelight for much of his life. Few details about his personal life or employment as an attorney and real estate magnate were made public at the time of his death.

Sterling was arrested in 1999 in Beverly Hills in connection with the shooting of childhood friend Philip Scheid, who was shot in the legs from behind while running away during an argument at Sterling's mansion, but he was not charged in the case because the county district attorney's office cited credibility problems with Scheid.

The initial autopsy of Scott Sterling was performed on Jan. 3 and, according to The Associated Press, the coroner expects to have a final report released within two weeks.


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