Questions are arising after a man was found dead in the Los Angeles home of Ed Buck Monday.
The unidentified man, who was in his 50s, was found dead by police soon after 1 a.m. at Buck’s home in West Hollywood, according to KTLA. He was home at the time the man died. Buck’s lawyer said he believes the man took drugs before coming into the house.
It’s the second death at the home of the prominent Democratic donor in 18 months according to local reports.
In July 2017, a 26-year-old man who worked as a prostitute died of a methamphetamine overdose in Buck’s apartment, according to several reports.
Gemmel Moore, who was homeless, had flown from Houston to Los Angeles the day he overdosed at Buck’s apartment. His mother later told the LA Times that Buck paid for his plane ticket.
Moore wrote in his journal, which was reviewed by the LA Times after his death, that Buck had introduced him to crystal meth.
“I’ve become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that,” Moore reportedly wrote in the diary. “Ed Buck is the one to thank, he gave me my first injection of chrystal meth.”
He continued: “I just hope the end result isn’t death…. If it didn’t hurt so bad I’d kill myself but I’ll let Ed Buck do it for now.”
Police investigated Buck after Moore’s death, but he wasn’t charged.
Police are investigating this most recent death. Activists are calling on Buck to take responsibility for what they’re calling a sexualization and an exploitation of black LGBTQIA bodies.