Details Emerge in DJ AM’s Death
DJ AM, 36, the celebrity spinmaster who was born Adam Goldstein, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose yesterday afternoon (August 28) in his Manhattan apartment.
According to the New York Daily News, authorities found a half-empty bag of crack under AM’s deceased body along with a crack pipe. Investigators also found several bottles of prescription medication used to treat anxiety on his kitchen counter.
In previous interviews AM told reporters he had been sober for eleven years after battling a severe drug addiction in his early twenties. He was working on a show with MTV called Gone Too Far along with Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg – who served as the show’s executive producer – where he helped to stage interventions for troubled teens. The fate of the show is unclear at press time.
Just last year AM was involved in a tragic plane crash with friend and musical collaborator Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker. They were the only survivors in the accident; two crew members and two other passengers died.
AM had extensive ties to the hip-hop community. Throughout his career as a DJ he had worked with Jay-Z, Will Smith and Madonna as well as forming a group with Barker called TRV$DJAM that perfomed as a house band for last year’s MTV Video Music Awards, where he backed up such acts as Kid Cudi and Lupe Fiasco. DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Drama, ?uestlove, Alchemist, DJ Premier and DJ A-Trak were among the friends that expressed their condolences to him on their Twitter accounts.
As of press time plans for his burial are unknown. –Elan Mancini