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Man Who Died in Buck's Home ID'd: Retail Worker, Adult Film Actor


The second man who died in Democratic donor Ed Buck's apartment has been identified by the website Wehoville — he's 55-year-old Saks Fifth Avenue employee and adult film star Timothy M. Dean.

Dean died in the early hours of Monday at Buck's West Hollywood apartment, reportedly from a drug overdose; Dean is the second black man to die of an overdose in Buck's home in two years. Gemmel Moore, 26, was found lifeless, naked, and surrounded by drug paraphernalia in Buck's living room in July 2017; the activist was never charged with a crime.

Buck, 64, has also not yet been charged in the death of Dean, though police are investigating the matter and looking again at Moore's death and Buck's possible connection to it.

Dean was an employee at the Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills, according to local TV station KTLA. He was a member of the religious group OneLA, which describes itself as "a diverse community of individuals and families who’ve embarked upon the exciting journey of becoming and accomplishing all that God has created us for." An image on Wehoville shows Dean being baptized in February.

Dean was also a member of the National Gay Basketball Association and had a career as an adult film performer. His stage name was reportedly Hole Hunter, and he appeared in films as recently as 2016, according to the Internet Adult Film Database.

Buck's attorney has claimed that Dean was an old friend of Buck's who showed up at his apartment already under the influence of a drug. Dean's roommate, Ottavio Tadei, told KTLA that Dean was a "wonderful person" who did not do drugs.

Nana Gyamfi, a lawyer for Gemmel Moore's mother, LaTisha Nixon, released a statement expressing condolences to Dean's family and friends as well as outrage at his death. “This was an avoidable tragedy," Gyamfi said. She said Buck should have been prosecuted in connection with Moore's death and that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and district attorney paid insufficient attention to the case because Buck is white and Moore is black. 


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