Timothy Dean West Hollywood: 55-Year-Old Timothy Dean Died Of Drug Overdose While At The Apartment Of Democratic Donor Ed Buck
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA (January 10, 2018) – A 55-year-old man from Weho identified as Timothy Dean has tragically died from an apparent drug overdose while he was at the apartment of democratic donor Ed Buck.
West Hollywood police are saying that Timothy Dean was found dead in the apartment located on Laurel Avenue. This is the second time that a man has died of a drug overdose in the Los Angeles apartment.
Back in 2017, police were called after Gemmel Moore died from an apparent overdose. Deputies arrived at 1:05 a.m. and said that Timothy Dean was not breathing.
David Johns, who works as the executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, issued a statement calling for justice. According to Johns, it is “public knowledge that Ed Buck was allegedly giving young black gay men harmful drugs long before this second young man died in his home.”
Other community activists have called for the arrest of Ed Buck. An attorney for Ed Buck has denied that Buck had anything to do with the death of either of the two men.
A coroner’s report that was obtained by the Los Angeles Times mentioned that one person at the scene “is suspected to be known to exchange drugs for sex. “The identity of that person is not known because the name was redacted.
An investigation into the death of Timothy Dean and Gemmel Moore remains ongoing.
Liability In Drug Overdose Deaths
Both illegal and prescription drugs have contributed to an alarming number of overdose deaths over the past 20 years in the United States. In fact, within the last 20 years the number of overdose deaths has more than tripled from 20,000 in 1999 to 72,000 in 2017, according to the Center’s for Disease Control. The family members of those that die are protected by a number of laws.
The next of kin of the deceased may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the person that supplied the victim with the drugs. This can be pursued under California’s Health and Safety Code § 11700 – known as the Drug Dealer Liability Act. The statute allows family members to recover both economic and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can evaluate the specific facts of your case and let you know if you have a claim that can be pursued.
Getting Help After A Drug Overdose Death
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the families of Timothy Dean and Gemmel Moore as they are going through such a difficult time. There needs to be justice in these cases. These families deserve to know the facts about what happened. The West Hollywood Police Department needs to conduct a thorough investigation to get to the bottom of what happened.
If someone that you love has died from a drug overdose you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to getting our clients justice and will leave no stone unturned if you need us to investigate your case. Whether you just have questions about your rights or would like a free investigation into your case we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us at (888) 888-9285.