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Son of LA Clippers owner found dead at Malibu, Calif., home, officials say

Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches a game in 2008.

The body of Scott Sterling, son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, was found late Tuesday at the family's home in Malibu.

Homicide detectives responded to the beachfront residence at about 11:30 p.m. after receiving a call for a welfare check at Malibu Beach Villas. The caller told responding Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies he had not heard from Scott Sterling, 32, for "several days."

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Sterling was pronounced dead at the location, but a cause of death was not immediately available from the coroner's office. Sterling died of an "apparent drug overdose," according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

A coroner's van was at the residence early Wednesday, and an autopsy will be conducted.

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Donald Sterling, who acquired the Clippers in 1981, is among the longest-tenured NBA owners. The team was located in San Diego at the time, and Sterling relocated the franchise to Los Angeles in 1984.

Sterling has homes in Malibu and Beverly Hills, according to the Clippers website. Police interviewed Scott Sterling after responding to the Beverly Hills home in 1999 for a report of a shooting, but prosecutors did not file charges.