The first official news shift of the new year has taken a sudden and very sad turn for local beat reporters after it was confirmed that a man found dead at a Malibu residence is Scott Sterling, 32-year-old son of Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Outlets such as ABC 7 above, CBS LA, NBC LA, KFI AM 640 and KNX 1070 News Radio are all being very careful to highlight that the cause of death will only be confirmed through autopsy. But LA County Sheriff’s officials have indicated Sterling may indeed have died from an overdose.

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