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January 10, 2019, 03:02 GMT
By Dennis Romero
LOS ANGELES – Representative Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Said he had donated campaign money to Ed Buck, a major contributor to the Democratic Party, after a second death was reported to his apartment in as many years.
Location, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, said in a statement on Tuesday that he would donate $ 18,500 of Buck's contributions to non-profit African-American and LGBTQ organizations such as the NAACP and Lambda Legal.
"I am deeply troubled by the latest revelations of a second overdose death at Ed Buck's home," Lieu said in a statement. "While awaiting the results of the investigation by law enforcement, I will donate the contributions I have received from Mr. Buck to my federal campaign over the years."
Buck's attorney, Seymour Amster, described the deceased as a 55-year-old longtime friend who appeared "inebriated" at Buck's home in West Hollywood on Sunday or Monday.
When asked about the type of substance involved, Amster replied, "The behavior described seemed to be more than just methamphetamine."
Meth was on the list of "immediate causes" for the death of Gemmel Moore in 2017, who would have turned 29 next week. His body was found at Buck's on July 27, 2017.
Buck, who had made headlines in the 1980s when he had headed the impeachment campaign of Arizona Republican governor Evan Mecham, firmly denied any guilt in Moore's death, and one the same can be said of the new case.
"Ed really did not want him to come," says Amster. "He insisted and came and brought his emotional problems, and he was intoxicated and he died.Ed had nothing to do with his death."
Ed Buck at a political meeting in Los Angeles in September 2010.Ann Johansson / Corbis via Getty Images file
Death was reported Monday at 1:05 am, when someone called 911, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Charles Moore.
The sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating and have launched a "secondary examination" of Moore's death, according to a statement. Seymour said his client was looking forward to a second look at Moore's death as the conclusion "will always be what it is".
The coroner's investigators initially described Moore's death as "accidental", and the homicide detectives only opened the case about two months later, after his mother, LaTisha Nixon, had makes waves in the media questioning Buck's behavior.
She told authorities that Buck had tied her son up and that she suspected that he "might have hurt the deceased," according to the coroner's report on his death.
However, after the homicide investigators sent their case to the prosecutor's office, prosecutors saw no case. The identity of the victim at Monday's death was not revealed; the case was still under investigation.
"As in the previous incident, the Los Angeles County Attorney's Office has been intimately involved in reviewing the facts of the case, and so will it in this case," according to the sheriff's statement, published Monday.