After not hearing from him for days, a friend reportedly went to Adam ‘DJ AM’ Goldstein’s apartment to check on him. After receiving no response at the door, he called the police, who gained access to the star’s home, where they found his body. According to gossip website TMZ.com, police reportedly found several bottles of prescription medication in the DJ’s kitchen, and a crack pipe was lying near his body. DJ AM has previously battled a drug addiction, however had been clean for nine years.
According to sources close to the investigation, DJ AM was found with eight undigested oxycontin pills in his stomach and one in his mouth. Although the circumstances surrounding his death are still not clear, a representative has confirmed the star was to enter rehab again for his addiction to medication.
According to TMZ.com, the coroner has now ruled the DJ’s death an accident, saying he passed away from “acute intoxication” from substance abuse”. TMZ quotes the medical examiner as stating Goldstein had died from the “combined effects of cocaine, oxycodone, hydrocodone (Vicodin), Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Benadryl and Levamisole.
Sources claim DJ AM, 36, was suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (specifically survivor’s guilt) after surviving a plane crash last year that left him seriously injured and killed four people. This, perhaps, led him to begin using drugs again. DJ AM and musician Travis Barker were the only survivors after a Learjet crashed during take-off in South Carolina. Just last month DJ AM said of the event: “There’s no reason why I lived and they didn’t. It’s something that I struggle with every day, you know, kind of wondering. But I’ve realized I’m never really going to know. I’m alive, I’m here, and I have another chance. So I have to do something better with my life this time.”
TMZ sources friends of the deceased star, who previously dated socialite Nicole Richie, who say his recent break-up with girlfriend Hayley Wood earlier this week left him devastated, and may have contributed to his return to drug use. A friend of the DJ told BANG showbiz: “She ended it, and he didn’t want it to end. The breakup hurt him. He hadn’t been in a good place lately. For the past week, he wasn’t really around, he was keeping to himself, and he was blowing people off.”
While the cause of death is still unknown, police say he may have died of an accidental drug overdose. Just one day before he was found dead, Adam left this message on his Twitter page: “New York, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york ain’t always what it seems – sic.”
DJ AM was buried on September 1 in two and a half hour long ceremony that was structured like an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Hayley Wood addressed the crowd with a moving speech. “He was my soulmate and now he is my soul,” she said. “He is my amazing grace.”
Adam Goldstein was a former member of Crazy Town, and has also worked with Will Smith and Madonna on their albums. He recently joined forces with former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker to release a mix tape called ‘Fix Your Face’. The two toured the United States – it was during the tour that their plane crash occured. He was previously engaged to Nicole Richie and has also dated singer Mandy Moore.
He was one of the most sought-after deejays in the United States, playing gigs regularly in New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. DJ AM has previously battled drugs, depression and weight issues. In 2005, DJ AM said of his early 20s: “Drugs became my identity.” He said that after finishing a deejay gig in the early hours of the morning, he would return home to take drugs alone. This phase in life saw him balloon to about 300 pounds. He also attempted suicide after a night of cocaine, admitted he stuck a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. The gun, however, jammed. “I can’t even kill myself,” he thought at the time. Adam, however, made a defining decision in his life and vowed to get off the drugs and lose weight. He underwent gastric bypass surgery and lost a whopping 120 pounds.
His representatives issued this statement, confirming the DJ’s unexpected death: “The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear. Out of respect for his family and loves ones, please respect their privacy at this time.”
Travis Barker has posted several messages on his Twitter page, including: “I’ll never forget everything we’ve been thru and every time i play the drums i’ll think of you. U were an amazing friend/DJ/human being,” and “Rest In Peace my brother, this really f***s me up.”
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Other celebrities who have had stomach surgery in order to lose weight include Sharon Osbourne.
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