On Monday, the LA Sheriff’s Department responded to another mysterious death at the West Hollywood home of Democratic mega-donor Edward Buck.
KTLA-TV reported that medical services responded to the home and found a man lying on the floor unconscious and unresponsive. Despite their emergency efforts to revive him, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Buck’s attorney, his client and the unidentified man had a 25-year old friendship, and when the man arrived at his client’s home he apparently “had already been partying … and already taken some substances.”
Buck’s attorney claims his client was in the shower during some of the time “his friend” was at his home.
However, the death on Monday almost mirrors the bizarre death of Gemmel Moore, a male escort whose lifeless body was found in Buck’s apartment, 18-months ago. The death at the time was deemed an accident and no charges were filed against the influential Democratic donor, who has contributed generously to local Democratic officials within Los Angeles County.
Democratic strategic Jasmyne Cannick said at the time of Moore’s death that Buck has strong political ties within the area, spreading donations lavishly.
“He gives money to (L.A. Mayor) Eric Garcetti, he’s given money to (L.A. County District Attorney) Jackie Lacey, he’s given money to (former U.S. Senate candidate and state Sen.) Kevin de Léon, he has given money to Gavin Newsom, our new governor.”
Adding, “He spreads his money around to get access and influence into these powerful circles.”
That revelation at the time the 26-year old male escort was found dead in Buck’s apartment prompted Moore’s mother, Latisha Nixon, to accuse Buck of soliciting “young gay black men” and making them take a dangerous amount of drugs.
Adding, “He (Buck) has them wear these long white ‘under-johns.’ He takes pictures of them. He hits them up with meth, the more meth that they smoke and inject, the more money that he gives them.”
Prosecutors for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office at the time declined to file charges against the prominent Democratic donor, claiming that “admissible evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt” that Buck was directly responsible for the death of Moore.
However, this latest incident has prompted the sheriff’s office to take a second look regarding the death of Gemmel Moore and the events leading up to his death on July 2017, in Beck’s apartment.
Moreover, because of the suspicious nature of a second individual dying within Buck’s home, LASD is also reopening the case.
Lt. Derrick Alfred told KTLA.TV. “It is suspicious that this has happened twice now so we’re going to conduct a thorough investigation to determine if it is criminal in nature.”
Perhaps the quick about-face by the local authorities in reopening the Moore case were caused by the protests that suddenly erupted Monday night in front of Ed Buck’s home, calling for his immediate arrest after the second death was uncovered.
“Arrest Ed Buck, prosecute Ed Buck, and then a jury needs to convict Ed Buck,” activist Jasmyne Cannick said to the crowd gathering outside the California apartment. “This man has had two dead bodies in his house, and he is still in his house.”
The 63-year old mega-donor is well known within the LGBT community in West Hollywood, and within the political progressive establishments, having contributed more than $500,000 to progressive candidates, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.