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DJ AM found dead in NYC

The musician DJ AM, aka Adam Goldstein, was found dead Friday evening in New York City.

DJ AM dead at age 36

Disc Jockey/musician Adam Michael Goldstein, aka DJ AM, was found dead in the evening on Friday, August 28, in his Lafayette Street apartment in New York City. He was 36 years old. Early reports suggest that Goldstein’s death was drug-related.

Sources, including, report that friends alerted the authorities after he had not been seen or heard for 2 or 3 days and was not answering the door at his apartment. Paramedics reportedly had to break down the door to gain access to his home at around 5:20 pm EST.

The last post from DJ AM’s twitter account on August 25 at 2:57 pm was an eerily prescient lyric by hip-hop musician and fellow DJ Grandmaster Flash. Goldstein wrote:

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

Not even one year ago, DJ AM and bandmate Travis Barker were in a fiery plane crash — and, while badly burned, were the only two survivors out of the six people onboard.

Before the plane crash, DJ AM had been quoted in Glamour magazine as saying, “It’s been 9-1/2 years since I’ve had a drink or taken drugs… but I’m still a drug addict.”

DJ AM and Travis Barker

Shortly after the news broke, Travis Barker’s ex-wife Shanna Moakler posted on Twitter, “My deepest condolences for DJ AM, you were a great artist and will be severely missed. My thoughts and Prayers to his family and friends.”

More as this story develops…

August 28, 5:26 pm: 

Sources close to the NYPD tell the New York Post that drug paraphernalia was found near DJ AM’s body.

DJ AM had long reported that his drug-using days were behind him and was even in New York City filming a show entitled Gone Too Far about his battle to help others stay clean.

DJ AM was 36 and was best known as a club owner and disc jockey who broke the mold with his dance floor style. He quickly became a favorite of celebrities and a regular DJ at all the hottest clubs from Los Angeles, to Las Vegas and New York to Miami.

Born Adam Goldstein, DJ AM had a battle with food addiction early in life that led to gastric bypass surgery. Soon after, he met Nicole Ritchie and the two embarked on a several-year love affair. The two broke up ,and since DJ AM had been linked to several stars, including Mandy Moore. After he reconnected with Moore after the plane crash, she went on to marry musician Ryan Adams.

At the age of 24, Goldstein survived a suicide attempt, and began attending recovery meetings for drug and food addiction. At the age of 30 he had his bypass operation.

No word yet from Ritchie, but we’re sure she will soon be Tweeting as well.

John Mayer did, however, have something to say: “In complete shock.”

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