This is the second black man to die in Ed Buck’s home in two years.
A man who was recently found dead in Democratic donor Ed Buck‘s apartment has been identified.
In a report from the New York Times, the man was identified as 55-year-old Timothy Dean. Dean was a friend of Buck’s and an employee at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.
Dean was also an athlete, having played in gay basketball competitions and even participated in the Gay Games, an international sporting event modeled after the Olympics.
Mark Chambers, a friend of Dean’s, spoke with the Times about how he felt his friend’s character had come into question following his death.
“I’ve known Tim for 30 years,” Chambers said. “He’s not an angel and he’s not a devil. He is in between, just like everybody else.”
Ottavio Taddei, Dean’s roommate, also spoke about him with the Times, saying that he occasionally drank but did not know him to use drugs.
“I’ve personally never seen him using drugs and never seen him in the apparent state of alteration caused by any form of drug,” Taddei said. “I consider this whole tragedy extremely controversial and I do hope the police department will dig into it.”
The cause of Dean’s death hasn’t been revealed and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department hasn’t named Buck as a suspect in his death.
Seymour I. Amster, a lawyer for Buck, said that Dean had “ingested some type of substance” before arriving at Buck’s apartment and that Buck had tried to resuscitate him.
This isn’t the first time a black man has died at Buck’s apartment. In July 2017, Gemmel Moore was found naked and dead from a drug overdose on a mattress in the polticial activist and Democratic donor’s living room. Detectives interviewed Buck about Moore’s death and was considered a suspect in the case. But no charges were filed against him because the police could not prove “beyond a reasonable doubt that suspect Buck furnished drugs to Gemmel Moore or that suspect Buck possessed drugs,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Source: New York Times