Man found dead in Ed Buck’s house identified as ex gay porn star
The second black gay man to have died at Democrat donor Ed Buck’s house in 18 months has been identified identified as Timothy Dean.
The publication WEHOville reports that Dean worked as a gay porn actor under the name Hole Hunter.
Dean, 55, was a longtime friend of 64-year-old Buck, the gay political activist who donated more than $116,000 to Democratic candidates and group in the past decade or so, according to The New York Times.
Dean, who was Facebook friends with Buck, worked as a stylist at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, but also recently competed in the Gay Games in Paris last year as a basketball player. He was a member of the National Gay Basketball Association and knew its founder Mark Chambers personally.
“I’ve known Tim for 30 years,” Chambers told The Times.
“He’s not an angel and he’s not a devil. He is in between, just like everybody else,” Chambers said, describing his friend.
A search of the Internet Adult Film Database shows that Dean worked as a gay porn actor for about a decade between 2007 and 2016, appearing in 26 productions under the pseudonym Hole Hunter.
Timothy Dean is the second black gay man found dead in the home of Ed Buck
Dean was found dead in Buck’s home in the early hours of Monday (January 7) following a 911 call.
An autopsy on Dean’s body is pending and a cause of death is currently under investigation, NBC News reported.
Buck’s attorney Seymour Amster was quoted by the news outlet as saying that his client believes Dean was intoxicated when he reached his home on Sunday, and maintains his innocence in the ordeal.
“Ed Buck must be convicted he will not stop he will continue to hurt and kill black men.”
— Gemmel Moore’s mother LaTisha Nixon
Dean’s death comes 18 months after the body of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore was found at Buck’s home in July 2017. The Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner found that Moore’s death was the result of an accidental methamphetamine overdose.
Buck was cleared of any involvement in Moore’s death in July, after the La County District Attorney determined there was insufficient evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Democrat donor gave the young man drugs or possessed the drugs himself.
Moore’s mother LaTisha Nixon nonetheless suspects Buck played a role in her son’s death. On January 8 she shared a post on her Facebook page containing two pages of what she described as her son’s diary, found posthumously, as well as a photo of her and Moore.
“My son journal was found after he was killed this is what he said. I had no idea my baby was dealing with so much hurt and pain. Ed Buck must be convicted he will not stop he will continue to hurt and kill black men. There are 2 people now that have lost their lives..#justice4gemmel,” she wrote in her post.
Nixon is also inviting supporters to attend a candlelight vigil outside Buck’s home in West Hollywood scheduled for Friday (January 11) at 7pm.
Democrat Ted Lieu to donate Ed Buck contribution to LGBT groups
One of the recipients of Buck’s donations has decided to put the funds to charitable use.
California Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu, who received a total $18,000 in donations from Buck, announced on Thursday (January 10) he will donate the campaign contributions to LGBT+ groups.
Lieu said in a statement issued on January 8 he would donate $5,000 each to Lambda Legal and the NAACP, $3,000 each to GLAAD and The Trevor Project, and $2,500 to the Equality California Institute.
“I am deeply disturbed by the latest revelations of a second death by overdose at the home of Ed Buck. While we await the results of the law enforcement investigation, I am going to donate the contributions I have received from Mr. Buck to my federal campaign over the years,” he wrote.