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2019-11-27 01:20:58 UTC
WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) A 55-year-old man who died at the West
Hollywood home of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck overdosed
on methamphetamine and his death was ruled accidental,
authorities said Monday.
Timothy Dean of West Hollywood was found dead early Jan. 7 at
Bucks apartment in the 1200 block of Laurel Avenue. It was the
second death from an accidental methamphetamine overdose at the
same apartment in less than 18 months and prompted renewed calls
for a criminal prosecution of Buck.
Deputies from the sheriffs West Hollywood Station responded
about 1:05 a.m. the day of Deans death to Bucks apartment
regarding a person not breathing. The caller performed CPR and
called 911, and paramedics pronounced Dean dead at the scene,
according to the Sheriffs Information Bureau.
Homicide detectives were sent to investigate the death, the
cause of which had been under investigation by the Los Angeles
County coroners office.
The coroners office found Timothy Dean died as a result of a
methamphetamine overdose, according to a sheriffs department
statement. His death was ruled accidental.
The body of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore was found at the same
apartment on July 27, 2017. The coroners office ruled Moores
death an accidental methamphetamine overdose, to the dismay of
his family, which wanted prosecutors to charge Buck with a crime.
Moores mother, LaTisha Nixon, filed a wrongful death lawsuit
last month against both Buck and the Los Angeles County district
The lawsuit brought seeks general and punitive damages against
Buck and the DAs office for wrongful death, sexual battery,
assault, hate violence, civil rights violations and drug dealer
liability. Both Moore and Dean were gay, black men.
This lawsuit helps to protect a very vulnerable population of
gay black men by exposing details of Bucks predatory and
racially-discriminatory actions against gay black men, said
Nixons attorney Nana Gymafi in a statement.
Buck was present at the location when both deaths occurred,
according to the sheriffs department.
Investigators are continuing to interview individuals who may
have come forward to provide information, according to the
sheriffs department. This investigation is ongoing and there
is no further information available to release at this time.
Dmitry Gorin, a defense attorney and former deputy district
attorney, told the Los Angeles Times there is a high bar to
prove someone is culpable in a death involving drugs and that
typically, there needs to be a witness who saw the accused
administer or furnish the substance that caused death.
Buck has been a prominent donor to Democratic candidates and
office holders. He has been active in LGBTQ political circles
and once ran for the West Hollywood City Council.
Community activist Jasmyne Cannick, who worked closely with
Moores family, has called for Bucks arrest, prosecution and
A coalition of 41 LGBTQ and other groups including the
National Black Justice Coalition, National LGBTQ Task Force, and
American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California also
called for further action.
Bucks attorney, Seymour Amster, has denied that Buck had any
involvement in either death.
Amster has said Buck and Moore were good friends, and told The
Times that Buck did not witness Moore injecting drugs the night
Moores mother LaTisha Nixon earlier said she and her son had
been living with her in Texas, but Buck bought him a plane
ticket to return to Los Angeles, which he did the day he died.
According to The Times, Moore had previously been homeless and
worked as an escort.
Nixon has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Buck, and
accused the District Attorneys Office of failing to prosecute
him because he is white, thus violating Moores civil rights.
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