A second man who died in the apartment of a Democratic donor in southern California in less than two years was identified Thursday as a fitness buff who had already won a gold medal at Gay Games and hoped for a year of personal and professional growth.
Timothy Dean, 50, of West Hollywood, was pronounced dead Monday at the apartment after police responded to information that a person was not breathing.
Dean is the second black man to die for 18 months in the Hollywood apartment in Ed Hollywood, Ed Buck, a 64-year-old white man who donated tens of thousands of dollars to California candidates and who is well known in LGBTQ political circles.
Activists and family members have asked for Buck's arrest, claiming that if Dean and the other deceased man, Gemmel Moore, 26, had been white, the case would be more treated.
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Moore died of an overdose of methamphetamine in July 2017. He was found naked on a mattress in Buck's living room, littered with addicting accessories.
Prosecutors did not file a criminal complaint, citing insufficient evidence.
Buck's lawyer, Seymour Amster, said at the time that Buck and Moore were friends and that his client had nothing to do with the death.
Amster told reporters on Monday that Buck was cooperating as part of the investigation into Dean's death, which he described as an accidental overdose.
He said that Dean was a "longtime friend" of Buck, who showed up at his apartment after "apparently partying and already taking stuff".
"There are individuals in our society who have a huge heart, maybe bigger than they should have, and they allow people to come … and then things happen after – do not be involved in their deaths, trying to help them and advise them to change their habits, "said Amster." But that's what happens. "
Sheriff's officials say the investigation into Dean's death will include a review of Moore's death.
Ottavio Taddei, Dean's roommate for three years, said Dean was adopted as a child and raised in Florida before moving to Los Angeles 30 years ago. Dean was working at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, Taddei said. He was looking forward to meeting new sporting and professional goals this year, including the hope of becoming a costume designer in Hollywood.
"I think it will be an extraordinary year of seamless change in my life," Dean wrote on Jan. 3 in Taddei.
"He was full of life, full of goals and full of hope to live and love and all that," Taddei said. "It was just a good guy."
On November 1st, Dean posted photos of the sunset and a martini from his balcony by writing on Facebook: "Life is simple, life is beautiful !!!"
Dean and his basketball team won a gold medal at the Gay Games in Sydney in 2002, announced the organizers of the world sports event.
Taddei said that Dean was a "bon vivant" who liked good food, wine, hiking and fashion, and that he had never shown interest in drugs or drugs. did not get drugged during their three years of friendship.
Taddei is said to be troubled by the circumstances of Dean's death and wants to get some answers.
"I strongly doubt that he took drugs when he arrived there," he said. "It was not his thing."
Dean's death renewed calls from Moore's family for the pursuit of Buck.
"We are heartbroken, we are disgusted, we are outraged," said Nana Gyamfi, a lawyer representing Moore's mother, in a statement criticizing the police and prosecutors.
"Instead of following our warnings and following the directions we gave them, they spent our meeting time trying to convince us that there was no evidence to accuse Ed Buck of any of them." a crime or that even if there was sufficient evidence, the charges would not be founded. " worth to be pursued, "Gyamfi said.
Buck has frequently supported Democratic candidates, including donating $ 2,000 to Governor Gavin Newsom's campaign and $ 5,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
US MP Ted Lieu, a California Democrat, said he was "deeply troubled" by the revelation of a second Buck death and that he would donate a donation of 18 $ 500 to a charity.