DJ AM, Adam Goldstein
DJ AM, the celebrity DJ who narrowly escaped a deadly plane crash with musical collaborator Travis Barker last year, has died. He was 36.
"Adam 'DJ AM' Goldstein was found deceased this afternoon in his New York City apartment," his rep said in a statement Friday. "The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear. Out of respect for his family and loved ones, please respect their privacy at this time."
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In September 2008, Goldstein was on a plane with Barker after a performance in South Carolina when it overshot the runway. He suffered serious burns, and four were killed in the crash.
Besides Barker, he also collaborated with Papa Roach and Will Smith, among others. He was also a member of Crazy Town. A fixture of celebrity parties, he dated Mandy Moore and Nicole Richie.
Barker's ex-wife, Shanna Moakler, tweeted of AM: "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."
Goldstein had struggled with drugs and food addiction, telling Glamour he started freebasing cocaine at 20.
"For the next four years, that's about all I did — with the exception of deejaying, which I'd been obsessed with ever since I saw Herbie Hancock do the song 'Rockit' at the Grammy Awards," he said.
He was to host MTV's Gone Too Far, a reality show about saving young people from drug addiction. An MTV rep told TVGuide.com that no decision has been made about the future of the show, which was slated to begin airing in October.
AM remained active in his last days, tweeting on Aug. 25, "Just wrapped filming GTF in CT. Back to Dusk in AC to DJ tonight with Jesse Marco."