The second man to be found dead in the home of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck in as many years also died from a methamphetamine overdose, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported.
The deceased man, identified as 55-year-old Timothy Dean, was discovered in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment on Jan. 7. The coroner’s office ruled the overdose death to be accidental.
Dean’s death came just a year and a half after 26-year-old Gemmel Moore was found dead in Buck’s apartment in July 2017. Moore’s death was also ruled an accidental methamphetamine overdose.
Wrongful death lawsuit
NBC noted that Buck hasn’t been charged for either of the deaths. However, Moore’s mother — LaTisha Nixon — filed a wrongful death suit in civil court in February that names Ed Buck along with Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey and the assistant district attorney, among others.
Her lawsuit accuses Buck of a host of criminal violations in the death of Moore, such as assault, battery, civil rights violations, drug dealer liability, negligence, sexual battery, and wrongful death.
Nixon’s suit is based on information contained in a journal allegedly kept by her son, which included the assertion that Buck purposely got Moore addicted to methamphetamines by injecting him with the drug.
Public calls for investigation
The suit relied heavily on information uncovered by activist journalist Jasmyne Cannick, who has doggedly followed the tragic story for some time and warned that Buck would be responsible for further deaths. She recently submitted to authorities a 30,000-signature petition demanding a full investigation and indictment of Buck in the death of Moore.
Cannick was disappointed by the coroner’s findings, tweeting that “body #3 can happen at any moment.”
— Jasmyne Cannick (@Jasmyne) March 26, 2019
Nana Gymafi, an attorney for Nixon who specializes in human rights and criminal defense issues, said in a statement, “This lawsuit helps to protect a very vulnerable population of gay black men by exposing details of Buck’s predatory and racially-discriminatory actions against gay black men.”
In response to the lawsuit and allegations against Buck, his attorney, Seymour Amster, told NBC, “On behalf of Mr. Buck, we categorically deny all allegations of wrongdoing and look forward to litigating this matter in a court of law.”
There was no further comment on the matter by Buck’s attorney, nor did the district attorney respond to request for comment from NBC.