Death of LA Clippers owner's son Scott Sterling ruled drug-related accident

Donald Sterling Son Dies

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's officers stand outside an apartment building where Scott Sterling, the son of the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, lived in Malibu on Wednesday, Jan.2,2012. Scott Sterling was found dead of an apparent drug overdose at his Malibu home, authorities said.

Donald Sterling Son Dies

California Department of a Motor Vehicles

This image provided by the California Department of a Motor Vehicles shows Scott Ashley Sterling, 32, the son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was found dead of an apparent drug overdose at his Malibu home, authorities said Wednesday Jan. 2, 2013.


Coroner's investigators say the death of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's son was a drug-related accident.

Los Angeles County Coroner's officials said in a statement Monday that Scott Ashley Sterling died from a pulmonary embolism after injecting narcotic medication meant to be taken orally.

The report did not say with certainty what drug Scott Sterling injected, but said the painkiller oxycodone was found in his system.

It also listed diabetes as a significant condition in his death.

The body of the 32-year-old Sterling was found in his beachfront apartment in Malibu on New Year's Day. The Sheriff's Department said at the time his death was likely from a drug overdose, and an autopsy was performed Jan. 3.

The coroner expects to release a final report within two weeks.

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