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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling stands on the sidelines before a game with the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center.
UPDATE 10:34 a.m.: The Associated Press now reports that the son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was found dead of an apparent drug overdose at his Malibu home, authorities said Wednesday.
The body of Scott Ashley Sterling, 32, was found shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 22600-block of Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz said.
Deputies dispatched to check on Sterling's welfare found his body. A friend of Sterling's said he hadn't been heard from for several days, according to a statement from the county Sheriff's Department.
Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
"Sheriff's homicide and Los Angeles County coroner's personnel at this time believe that Sterling died of an apparent drug overdose," the statement said.
Dietz said the death appeared to be accidental, but an autopsy was planned to determine the exact cause of death.
Messages left for Donald Sterling and a Clippers spokesman were not immediately returned.
In 1999, Scott Sterling, then 19, 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. Scheid said he was shot from behind while running away. Sterling said he fired in self-defense after Scheid approached him with a knife. The county district attorney's office declined to file criminal charges, citing credibility problems with the victim.
Scott Sterling's father is a multimillionaire, a philanthropist and owner of a basketball team that recently had a franchise-record, 17-game winning streak. That streak ended Tuesday night with a 92-78 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
UPDATE 7:28 a.m.: Ed Winter, an assistant chief at the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, said an autopsy is necessary to help determine the cause of death:
"A little past midnight, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Malibu Lost Hills station (received a call) reporting that Scott Ashley Sterling was found unresponsive at his residence in the 22000 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. I don't have any other information at this time, other than he was found unresponsive at the scene. We do have Mr. Sterling here and will be conducting our death investigation along with a full autopsy."
PREVIOUSLY: Scott Sterling, son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, has been found dead inside a Malibu home, according to multiple media reports. A cause of death was not immediately available.
Homicide detectives were at the residence on Pacific Coast Highway Wednesday morning conducting an investigation into the death of the 32-year-old, NBC LA reports. The home is owned by Donald Sterling, according to property records.
Sterling acquired the San Diego Clippers in 1981 and relocated the franchise to Los Angeles in 1984.
The Clippers just set a franchise record by winning 17 straight games before losing Tuesday night in Denver.