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Reporters Seek Answers to Gay Black Man's Death; Political Donor Tells Them to 'Get A Life'

by Kilian Melloy
Friday Feb 15, 2019

Reporters who sought comment from wealthy West Hollywood political donor Ed Buck found themselves summarily repelled, with Buck curtly telling them to "Get a job, get a life," the local Fox News channel reported.

Buck, 64, has been the target of protests since the Jan. 7 death of Timothy Dean, 55, a onetime Gay Games gold medalist whose cause of death has not officially been released, but who reportedly succumbed to an overdose in Buck's home.

Dean was the second gay black man to die at Buck's residence. As reported by EDGE last month, protestors who congregated outside Buck's residence after Dean's death demanded action and referenced the July, 2017 death of a black male sex worker named Gemmel Moore.

Moore, 26, reportedly died of an overdose of meth. Entries in the journal kept by Moore suggested that Buck had shot him up with the drug on multiple occasions, media reports said.

Buck is known as a well-connected donor to Democratic politicians, media sources reported, including Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid. Critics pointed to this in questioning why more wasn't done in 2017.

Fox News reporters gained access to the property where Buck lives, but Buck refused to take their questions, the news report said.

Fox reported that both deaths are still being investigated.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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