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Man who accused former Seattle mayor of sexual abuse has died

Heckard was found dead in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, Washington, from causes the King County Medical Examiner's Office said are yet to be determined, according to the Seattle Times.

"It's a combination of shock and knowing that the odds were against him", said Heckard's attorney, Lincoln Beauregard.

Delvonn Heckard sued Murray last April, alleging Murray raped and molested him in the 1980s when Heckard was a teenager struggling with drug addiction and Murray was in his 30s.

Auburn Assistant Police Chief Bill Pierson said paramedics were called to the motel on February 16 for an apparent drug overdose.

The owner of an Auburn motel confirmed that Heckard's body was found in one of the rooms there early Friday.

Heckard had battled drug addiction since he was young and was going through rehab at the time of his passing.

Finally Murray's cousin, Joseph Dyer, publicly accused the Mayor of abusing him when he was a child. He recently received a $100,000 payment as part of a $150,000 settlement with the city of Seattle to dismiss his suit against Murray and the city. I was telling the truth'.

Murray repeatedly denied the claims calling them "categorically false". While the lawsuit developed, he participated in counseling and recovery programs and attended classes at Seattle Central College.

Heckard "didn't sound right" during their recent telephone conversations last month, Beauregard said.

In fact, it was the death of his father and subsequent efforts to get sober which prompted him to deal with his past and come forward with the accusation, Fox News reported.

Heckard was the only accuser to take legal action to date.

Murray resigned from Seattle City Hall in September 2017 after five accusers came forward.

Murray denied and continues to deny the claims and Heckard withdrew the lawsuit saying he would refile it when Murray left office.

"I tried to commit suicide a couple of times, just because I was disgusted with myself, but I'm past that now", Heckard told the Times.



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