The second man found dead in Democratic donor Ed Buck’s West Hollywood home in January died as a result of a methamphetamine overdose, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Monday. The death has been ruled accidental.
Deputies responding to Buck’s home on January 7 regarding a person not breathing pronounced 55-year-old Timothy Dean dead when they arrived.
The investigation remains ongoing, the department said, and investigators are continuing interviews with “individuals who have come forward to provide information.”
Seymour Amster, Buck’s attorney, told CNN in January that Dean and Buck had been friends for more than 25 years. Buck has not been charged in Dean’s death and Amster said he did not believe there would be charges filed in the case.
“Yes, Ed does have individuals he associates with who have problems with drugs. He tries to talk them out of it. Sometimes they bring their problems into his apartment, and that’s where the problem is,” Amster said at the time.
He wasn’t the first
Dean wasn’t the first man to die in Buck’s home – and in his presence, according to authorities.
Gemmel Moore, 26, was found dead at Buck’s home on July 27, 2017. Moore’s death also was ruled an accidental methamphetamine overdose, the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner’s website says.
In that case, the admissible evidence was insufficient to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Buck was responsible for Moore’s death, according to a charge evaluation worksheet from the LA County District Attorney in July 2018.
Moore’s mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Buck, 64, alleging that he injected her son with a lethal dose of crystal methamphetamine.
The complaint describes Buck as a wealthy white man who “had a predatory and injurious system of soliciting Black men and watching them cling to life.” Both Moore and Dean were black.
It accuses him of wrongful death, sexual battery and assault and says he was not prosecuted “because he is white, and because Mr. Moore was Black.”
Buck has donated to a number of Democratic candidates and PACs in recent years, according to information from OpenSecrets, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in US politics.
In 2017, he gave $10,400 to the Getting Stuff Done PAC affiliated with Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, $2,700 to Rep. Ted Lieu of California, and $1,000 each to Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California, Rep. Pete Aguilar of California, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois, and former Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana.
He also previously gave $2,700 to Hillary Clinton in 2015, $5,000 to the House Majority PAC that supports Democrats in 2014, and $1,000 to Barack Obama in 2008, according to OpenSecrets.
CNN’s Sarah Moon and Madeline Holcombe contributed to this report.