DJ AM Found Dead In NYC; Police Sources Suspect Drug Overdose
First Published: August 28, 2009 10:22 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Adam Goldstein, also known as DJ AM, has been found dead in New York City at the age of 36, Access Hollywood has confirmed.
Goldstein’s body was found on the seventh floor of an apartment building on Lafayette Street on Friday, police sources confirmed to Access.
Police sources also told Access Hollywood that Goldstein is believed to have died of a drug overdose.
Additionally, police sources told Access’ New York affiliate WNBC that drug paraphernalia was found at the scene, including a crack pipe.
Friends reportedly went to check on the celebrity DJ after not hearing from him for several days, but contacted authorities when they could not get a response after knocking on his door on Friday, law enforcement officials told WNBC.
According to a statement the New York Police Department released to Access, at around 5:24 PM local time, authorities responded to a call at 210 Lafayette Street, following a 911 call of a “possible unconscious male.”
After arriving at the residence, the NYPD confirmed that authorities discovered a 36-year-old white male “unconscious and unresponsive.” Paramedics also arrived on the scene and declared the male dead on arrival, the NYPD confirmed to Access. Foul play is not suspected at this time and a medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
The investigation is ongoing, the NYPD added.
Additionally, sources told Access Hollywood police were forced to break down the door to enter the premises. Goldstein was discovered wearing sweatpants and no shirt, according to WNBC.
A rep for DJ AM released a statement to Access on Friday evening, asking for privacy for Goldstein’s family.
“Adam ‘DJ AM’ Goldstein was found deceased this afternoon in his New York City apartment. The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear. Out of respect for his family and loved ones, please respect their privacy at this time,” the statement read.
On Thursday, the celebrity DJ wrote on his Twitter page, “New york, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems.”
Shanna Moakler, the ex-wife of Travis Barker, DJ AM’s musical collaborator whom he survived a plane crash with in Columbia, South Carolina, in September 2008, posted a message of condolence on her Twitter page not long after the news broke.
“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,” she wrote.
Lindsay Lohan, a friend of DJ AM’s, also expressed her sorrow on Friday evening.
“can’t believe this.. i’m in shock. why? why? r.i.p. adam,” she wrote.
Less than a week ago, the celebrity DJ threw out the first pitch at the New York Mets game in the city.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, just over a year ago, Goldstein survived a plane crash, alongside Barker. The two were airlifted to a burn center.
“When the plane was on the runway I took my shoes off and fell asleep. The next thing I remember is us crashing into something,” he told People, just months after the incident. “I woke up to Travis screaming and the plane engulfed in flames. I remember thinking it was like ‘Miami Vice,’ where a car is on fire and you run before the gas tank explodes – we gotta get out of here!”
“Travis jerked upon the door and slid on his butt down a wing that was on fire. I tried to cover my face as I jumped through a fireball. As soon as I hit the ground, I remembered ‘Stop, drop and roll,’ so I started rolling,” he continued.
After putting out his own flames, he helped Travis, burning himself further in the process.
“My eyebrows and layers of skin were burned off my face,” he said. “My forehead was gouged and my arm had skin hanging off. I was in shock and didn’t feel anything.”
Goldstein and Barker suffered second and third degree burns, but had no other injuries from the crash, Dr. Fred Mullins, medical director of the Joseph M. still Burn Center, told the Associated Press in September 2008.
While he got back to work just a month after the crash, in March 2009, Goldstein filed suit against the plane manufacturers seeking $20 million in damages related to the crash.
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