Second man found dead in California home of Democratic donor Ed Buck

Sheriff's investigators say they're also reviewing the earlier death in July 2017, when a young man's meth overdose was ruled an accident.

茄枝视频In July 2017, authorities cleared Buck in the death of Gemelle Moore, 26, a gay male escort whose body was found in the same apartment after investigators declared his death to have been the result of an accidental overdose of crystal methamphetamine.

茄枝视频 after Moore's friends and family raised concerns that his political connections might have contributed to the decision. Prosecutors declined to bring charges in July, saying there was insufficient evidence. Buck resigned last year as a member of the steering committee of the Stonewall Democratic Club, a Los Angeles LGBT political group, in the wake of the questions surrounding Moore's death.

The sheriff's department said Monday that Buck was present during both incidents and that investigators were reviewing the 2017 case again.

Buck's attorney, Seymour Amster, told NBC News on Monday that Buck wasn't in custody and hadn't been charged in connection with Monday's death. He said the man was a "longtime friend" of Buck's who asked to come over.

"Ed was reluctant, but the friend was insistent, so Ed allowed the friend to come over," Amster said. A short time later, the man "began exhibiting bizarre behavior," which prompted Buck to call 911, Amster said.

茄枝视频The Los Angeles LGBT Center, one of the nation's biggest providers of LGBT programs, urged Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva to investigate Monday's case aggressively.

"LGBT people have a considerable and urgent interest in a case that is so clearly linked to the health and safety of our community," the organization said in a statement. "The reports we have heard provide more questions than answers."

Buck first came to prominence in Arizona during the 1980s, when he led the successful drive to impeach Republican Gov. Evan Mecham, who had been widely denounced for remarks critical of the LGBT community and members of racial minority groups. Mecham was removed from office in 1988 in connection with allegations of misuse of campaign funds but was acquitted at his criminal trial later in the year.

Buck made headlines again in 2010 when he heckled Meg Whitman, a Republican candidate for governor of California, at a rally in Los Angeles. Chris Christie, then the governor of New Jersey, who was at the rally, stepped off the stage and confronted Buck. In an interview with MSNBC at the time, Buck called Christie a bully who was trying to intimidate him.