Man who sued ex-Seattle mayor on sex abuse claims found dead

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A 47-year-old man who sued former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray over sexual abuse claims that effectively ended Murray's political career has been found dead.

The King County Medical Examiner's Office said that Delvonn R. Heckard died Friday in the Seattle suburb of Auburn. The cause and manner of Heckard's death are pending.

Heckard's lawsuit filed in April claimed Murray raped and molested Heckard as a teen. Other men came forward with similar claims after the lawsuit was filed.

Murray was in his first term as mayor when he resigned Sept. 12, hours after The Seattle Times reported his cousin, Joseph Dyer, had become the fifth man to publicly accuse Murray of child sexual abuse decades ago.

Murray has denied all of the allegations.

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