Deceased son of LA Clippers owner had type 1 diabetes

Scott Sterling, son of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, was found dead on his couch in his Malibu apartment this week.

The cause of his death is not yet known, but officials say that it might have been a drug overdose.

Yesterday, Sterling's family released a statement that said Scott, 32, had been battling type 1 diabetes before his death.

“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."

His body was found alone, and, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, his friends and family had not seen him for a few days.

Diabetes-related or not?

It is unclear whether the suspicions of a drug-related death are tied to illegal drugs or medications used to manage his diabetic condition. There were no signs of foul play.

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last year, some blood thinners and diabetes medications are a common cause of accidental overdoses. Some of these drugs can lead to hemorrhaging, hallucinations and other life-threatening symptoms.

Neighbors and friends described Scott as "intelligent and kind" and "a nice guy."

The cause of death will not be determined for several weeks, after toxicology tests come back from the coroner.

Sources: LA Times, Examiner

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