Scott Sterling, 32, the son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, was found dead in his Malibu, Calif. home on Jan. 1, 2013, according to authorities.
The Los Angeles Times reports his family released a statement saying, “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.”
The statement continued, “We sincerely appreciate the warm outpouring of sympathy and support from so many of our dear friends.”
After friends and family had not heard from Sterling for at least two days investigators were dispatched to his apartment at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. They found him dead on his couch, according to the Times.
Evidence found at the scene indicates Sterling may have died of an overdose, Steve Whitmore, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. said.
There were no signs of foul play regarding Sterling’s death.
Whitmore noted, however, that “All questions will be answered when the coroner does its autopsy and the toxicology tests come back.”
Neighbors who live in the Malibu Beach Villas apartment complex owned by Donald T. Sterling Trust said they were shocked and saddened by the news of Sterling’s death, reports the Times.