Scott Sterling Autopsy Complete, But Cause Of Death Still Pending Toxicology Tests

01/03/2013 04:55 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

The LA County Coroner's office completed an autopsy on the body of Scott Sterling Thursday, but are waiting to receive toxicology results before determining an official cause of death. It could take about 6-8 weeks for all additional tests to be complete.

Sterling, 32, was the son of LA Clippers owner and real estate magnate Donald Sterling. Sterling died Tuesday, the result of an apparent accidental drug overdose, according to authorities. He was found dead in his apartment at Malibu Beach Villas complex, one of the many apartment buildings his father owned.

The Sterling family issued a statement the next day that revealed his battle against Type 1 Diabetes, but it's unclear how the disease could be related to his death. The entire statement reads:

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.

After the news of his death hit, NBA players and Clippers fans expressed sorrow for the Sterling family. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro spoke on behalf of the entire franchise at Wednesday's game in support of the Sterlings. Del Negro's statement via the Associated Press:

"All our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sterling family," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Tough day for everybody in the Clippers' organization, but just thinking about Mr. and Mrs. Sterling with their loss. That's first and foremost on everybody's mind today when we had our meeting this morning. Not an easy situation. I just hope they know that we're thinking about them and that the team is, and we'll be back soon. Things like this put things in perspective real quick. I know a lot of good thoughts and prayers are in that locker room with them tonight. That's the first and foremost thing."

Not much is known about Sterling, who in 1999 was arrested in Beverly Hills for shooting friend Philip Scheid. He was never charged for the incident because the victim had a credibility problem, notes Associated Press.

The day after Sterling's body was discovered, one of his neighbors remembered him as an "intelligent and kind" man, notes the Los Angeles Times. Another resident described Sterling as a "nice guy."

Clippers player Chris Paul and NBA greats Magic Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal reached out to the Sterling family on Twitter.

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