Death Of LA Clippers Owner’s Son Ruled Accidental

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The death of the son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was ruled accidental, according to coroner’s investigators.

Scott Sterling, 32, was found dead at his apartment in Malibu in the 22600 block of Pacific Coast Highway Jan. 1 by deputies who were sent to make a welfare check.

Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Sterling died from a pulmonary embolism after injecting a prescription narcotic medication that was supposed to be taken by mouth.

The coroner’s report also listed oxycodone use and diabetes as “significant conditions” that led to the young man’s passing.

At the time of Sterling’s death, Donald Sterling and wife Shelley released a statement that said, “Our son Scott has fought a long and valiant battle against Type 1 Diabetes. 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. At this time, we respectfully ask to be afforded the opportunity to mourn this loss in an appropriately private manner.”

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