Detectives probe OD at California home of Democratic donor

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Homicide detectives are investigating circumstances surrounding the fatal drug overdose of a 26-year-old man at the Southern California home of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Monday that while coroner's officials ruled Gemmel Moore's death an accident, officials are following up because of additional information. He declined to elaborate.

Initial investigations did not flag anything suspicious, Capt. Chris Bergner said, but the new probe was launched out of abundance of caution.

Seymour Amster, an attorney representing Buck, tells the Los Angeles Times that his client had nothing to do with the July 27 death. Amster described Moore and Buck as friends.

Buck did not return calls seeking comment.

The newspaper says through June of this year, Buck donated $23,600 to various California races and causes


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