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The Tragic Death of DJ AM

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Although not really known to us here in Britain, DJ AM, AKA Adam Michael Goldstein, was one of the top Disc Jockeys in the US.  His short, and tragic life ended yesterday afternoon, dead, most likely of a drug overdose.

He was a well known figure on the American music scene, DJing for such well known artists as Madonna, Will Smith, and Blink 182.  He performed at the 2008 MTV Music Awards and appeared in several TV series.

But his personal life was marred by tragedy and pain.  Born into a Jewish New York family, he suffered years of verbal abuse at the hands of his father.  After the latter’s imprisonment, and death in prison, Adam became heavily dependant on illegal drugs.

In desperation his mother put him into a clinic that dealt in ‘tough love’, treating young addicts.  But it proved to be a horrible mistake.  The clinic proved to be a cabal of further abuse.  Adam recalled:

“The counselors beat us. They spit in our faces. They starved us. They never let us see or talk to our parents.”

In spite of this Adam was discharged and recovered enough to begin a DJ career, and he proved quite a talent.  He was also a musician for the band Crazy Town.  He pioneered the use of new technology in Deejaying, and took to the decks for a year at Ceasers Palace in Las Vegas.

He dated Nicole Richie, and Mandy Moore, and became friends with Samantha Ronson, Paris Hilton, Steve Aoki and Cory Kennedy.

His life took another twist when he barely survived the crash of a Lear Jet in Georgia that killed four people.  Only he and Travis Barker were pulled out alive.  He suffered badly from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome after the crash and again became heavily dependant on drugs.

But yesterday the drugs caught up with him and he was found in his apartment, apparently dead at 17.20 EST.  An autopsy is being carried out.

His last twitter message left a last cryptic message:

“New york, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems.”

He was 36 years old


Written by Nick Gilmartin

August 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm

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  1. thejamminjabber

    August 29, 2009 at 7:49 pm

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