Adam ‘DJ AM’ Goldstein was found in his apartment after a friend reportedly went to his apartment to check on him. There was no response at the door so he called the police who gained access to the star’s home where they found his body.
Police found several bottles of prescription medication in the DJ’s kitchen and a crack pipe was reported as lying near his body. DJ AM had previously battled a drug related problem and sought help for addiction, however, according to sources he been clean for nine years.
The coroner ruled that the DJ’s death was an accident, saying that he passed away from “acute intoxication” from ‘substance abuse’. The medical examiner stated at the time that Goldstein had died from the ‘combined effects’ of cocaine, oxycodone, hydrocodone (Vicodin), Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Benadryl and Levamisole.
Goldstein 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 confirmed he was to enter rehab again for his addiction to prescribed medication.
AT the time of his death the 36-year-old was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (specifically survivor’s guilt) after surviving a plane crash that left him seriously injured and killed four other passengers. It is thought that the emotional strain caused by the crash 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. In an interview a month after the crash, Goldstein said: “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.”
Friends of the deceased star, who previously dated socialite Nicole Richie, say his break-up with former girlfriend Hayley Wood left him devastated and may also 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.”
The cause of death is still a source of speculation but the evidence around his death scene speak volumes and police say it was a suspected 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 and the ceremony lasted for two and a half hours. Hayley Wood addressed the crowd with a moving speech that contradicted her move to break off the relationship with Goldstein.
“He was my soulmate and now he is my soul,” she said. “He is my amazing grace.”
As a former member of Crazy Town he also worked with Will Smith and Madonna. He recently joined forces with former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker to release a mix tape called ‘Fix Your Face’. The two toured in the US and it was during the tour that the traumatic plane crash occurred.
He was one of the most sought-after DJs in the US, playing gigs regularly in New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
During his long battle with drugs he entered rehab a few times and reflecting on his early 20s when he also struggled with depression and weight he said: “Drugs became my identity.”
At one stage he would finish a gig and return home in the early hours of the morning to take drugs alone and in the following months he ballooned to around 300 pounds.
A failed suicide attempt brought an epiphany. He put a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger but it 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, following 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 paid tribute via twitter: “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. [sic]”