Man who accused ex-Mayor Murray of sex abuse is dead

SEATTLE - The Kent man whose allegations of child sex abuse against former Mayor Ed Murray set off a chain of events that forced the mayor from office has died, the King County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed.

Delvonn Heckard, who accused Murray of sexual abuse years earlier, died Friday in Auburn. He was 47.

The Medical Examiner's Office said the cause and manner of death are pending.

The Seattle Times reports that he was found early Friday morning at the Auburn Motel on Auburn Way South after emergency crews responded to a call of a possible drug overdose.

"A hero died today," Heckard's attorney wrote in a Twitter posting Friday.

Heckard's accusations were followed by four others who also said Murray had sexually abused them. Murray denied the allegations, but the city of Seattle paid Heckard $150,000 to avoid a lawsuit.

The cumulative impact of the allegations eventually forced Murray to drop out of his re-election effort. And after a cousin made allegations against him, Murray resigned on Sept. 12, 2017.

After Murray's resignation, Heckard filed a lawsuit against Murray claiming that he had not only abused him when he was a teenager but had also actively worked to discredit him, backed by Seattle's "political elite."

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