Adam Michael Goldstein (March 30, 1973 – August 28, 2009) was an American club DJ and musician better known as DJ AM. Goldstein was a member of the rock band Crazy Town, and worked on albums for Papa Roach, Madonna, and Will Smith, among others. He was a frequent collaborator with Travis Barker of Blink-182 and appeared on several television series.
On September 19, 2008, Goldstein and Travis Barker were seriously injured in a Learjet crash that killed four others.
On Friday August 28, 2009, Goldstein was found dead at his New York City apartment at around 5:20PM EST. Sources have speculated that the cause of death may have been drug overdose; other sources speculate that it was a suicide.[2
Early and personal life
Goldstein was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, his father verbally abused him, which Goldstein called "unbelievably cruel." His father abused drugs and was secretly gay. His father was sent to jail for committing bank fraud and later died from AIDS. Adam began taking drugs, so his mother placed him in a treatment center that specialized in “tough love”.
When Goldstein was 20 years old, he started deejaying, which he'd been obsessed with since seeing Herbie Hancock do the song “Rockit” at the Grammy Awards. During his early 20s, Goldstein also battled a drug addiction, specifically to crack cocaine. At one point, he attempted suicide but was unsuccessful when the gun did not go off. Shortly thereafter, he became sober, began attending AA meetings and dedicated himself to working as a DJ. Goldstein also distanced himself from friends who were still using drugs, which aided in his recovery. "By then, I was booking jobs at every major club and had started to gain a following," he told Glamour magazine.  He lost more than 60 pounds and began Deejaying for celebrity parties and night clubs After getting clean, DJ AM was sober for more than 11 years and was held up as a positive example for the recovery process until his death in 2009.
He began dating socialite Nicole Richie in 2003 and announced their engagement in February 2005. However, the couple broke up in late 2006. "The one thing that stands out about Adam is that I can be myself," Richie said after the breakup. After his breakup with Richie, Goldstein dated singer-actress Mandy Moore. He was good friends with Steve Aoki, Cory Kennedy, Samantha Ronson, John Mayer, Paris Hilton, Travis Barker and Kevin Scott.
DJ AM was an avid "sneakerhead" (posting on sneaker enthusiast message board Niketalk.com) who collected athletic shoes, primarily Nikes. His collection of over 600 shoes includes a pair of Nike Air Force 1 shoes that were created specifically for him, with his DJ AM logo appearing on the shoe itself. In a new commercial, he starred alongside Mike Epps and Kobe Bryant sporting the Nike Air Yeezy, the signature shoe for Kanye West.
Goldstein was a member of the rock band Crazy Town, known for their hit "Butterfly". He has also scratched on albums for Papa Roach, Madonna, Will Smith, and Shifty and played concerts with Jay-Z. He has played private events for celebrities like Jim Carrey, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Stiller, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, and Kate Hudson. He had a one-year contract with Las Vegas' Pure Nightclub inside Caesar's Palace to play at the venue every Friday and to open a nightclub at Caesars Atlantic City called Dusk.
He had recently collaborated with Travis Barker of Blink-182 and +44 in several performances, including the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. On December 1, 2008, TV Guide reported that DJ AM would make his first appearance with Travis Barker since the two survived the plane crash. The duo performed at New Year's Nation's Los Angeles 2008 New Year's Eve Party at The Wiltern. Their performance was streamed live on the Internet via New Year's Nation's official site, and was broadcast at other New Year's Nation parties across the U.S. Before the gig Barker told press, "I'm ready to get back onstage with AM and continue to rock the house. I'm very excited to bring in the New Year in my hometown of L.A."
His reality television appearances include Punk'd, where his former fiancée, Nicole Richie, was the subject of a practical joke, and the third season of The Simple Life. Goldstein appears as himself in the "What About Bob?" episode of Entourage's third season; he gets the last pair of an exclusive line of shoes, right before Vince (Adrian Grenier) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) arrive. He had recently finished filming a reality show for MTV, called Gone Too Far, in which he and concerned families staged interventions for drug abusers.
Goldstein in June 2009He was also a co-owner of the popular club LAX. In 2009, DJ AM became Rain Nightclub's regular Friday night DJ at the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. He currently had a record deal with Interscope. Most recently, DJ AM had partnered with Travis Barker (Blink 182) to perform a live DJing/drumming set. TRVSDJAM performed about once a month at sponsored events, clubs and concerts. Their act involved mixing live drum beats to scratched records, as they performed side by side.
DJ AM has evolved into a prominent brand. He was a partner in a DJing company, as well as the music director for the website doppelganger.com. T-Mobile/sidekick also created a limited edition sidekick featuring him and the artwork of tattoo artist Mr. Cartoon.
Adam Goldstein was found dead at his New York City apartment at around 5:20 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2009, after friends, unable to reach Goldstein for a few days, became concerned and called police. When the police arrived, accompanied by paramedics, they broke into the apartment and found Goldstein's body on his bed with a half empty bag of crack cocaine under him. He was 36 years old.
Sources have speculated that the cause of death may have been a result of a drug overdose, other sources speculate that it was a suicide. Drug paraphernalia was found in the apartment, but no signs of foul play.. Reports indicate that Goldstein was found with nine OxyContin pills in his body . A rep for Goldstein released a statement: "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."
Goldstein had been prescribed medication for pain and post traumatic stress after surviving the Learjet crash with friend and fellow musician Travis Barker in September 2008. "He struggled with pain after the crash," a close friend of Goldstein told E! News Friday. "But it seemed like he was functioning fine and never missed work." Recent reports do confirm that AM had 8 undigested OxyContin pills in his stomach and 1 in his mouth at the time he was found dead in his apartment.  Travis Barker tweeted about the loss of his good friend saying, "I'll never forget everything we've been through and everytime I play the drums I'll think of you. You were an amazing friend/DJ/human being." Barker's band, Blink-182, held an onstage vigil for DJ AM on Saturday night, and cancelled their performance the coming Monday.
Radio personality and addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky, who was a friend of Goldstein, said on his August 30, 2009 Loveline show that he was extremely shocked and saddened to learn of his relapse and death. Dr. Drew described Goldstein's sobriety as "solid", and was a "great inspiration" for those seeking addiction treatment. He then went on to endorse the argument that Goldstein did not receive proper treatment for his recent PTSD diagnosis.
After a memorial mass, Goldstein was interred at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles on September 2, 2009. A day after DJ AM was laid to rest, the celebrity deejay was remembered Thursday September 3, 2009 by hundreds of invited guests and a handful of fans who attended the memorial at the Hollywood Palladium. Mourners included former fiancée Nicole Richie and friends Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson, Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart and Robert Downey Jr. E! Online reported that the VIPs also includedDr. Drew Pinsky,Tom Arnold, Jon Favreau, Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath, and John Mayer. The event was organized by Hollywood club promoter Brent Bolthouse.
Crazy Town - The Gift of Game (1999) Various Artists - Loud Rocks (2000) Various Artists - Tunnel Trance Force, Vol. 19 (2002) Various Artists - Webster Hall's Tranzworld All-Stars, Vol. 2 (2002) Shifty - Happy Love Sick (2004) Various Artists - DJ Darkzone Presents Club Stars (2005)
 Drummer Time in Malta - Alone with the Alone (2004)
 Mixtapes TRV$DJAM - Fix Your Face (Vol. 1) (2009) TRV$DJAM - Fix Your Face (Vol. 2) (2009)
 Production Dilated Peoples - Neighborhood Watch (2004) Various Artists - Oorgasm 17 (2004)
 Scratches Matthew Strachan - Rock Serious Electric Roadshow (1993) Papa Roach - Infest (2000) Babyface - Face2Face (Import Bonus Track) Will Smith - Born to Reign (2002) Lady Sovereign - Public Warning (2006) Lady Sovereign - Those Were The Days (2007) N.A.S.A. (4) - The Spirit Of Apollo (2009)
 Remixes Ashlee Simpson - Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya) (DJ AM and Eli Escobar Remix) (2008) Weezer - Troublemaker (DJ AM and Eli Escobar Remix) (2008) AutoErotique - Gladiator (Steve Aoki VS. DJ AM Remix) (2009) Chris Cornell - Part of Me (DJ AM Remix)
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