DJ AM Found Dead in New York Apartment

Celebrity DJ who survived tragic plane crash last year was 36

By Natalie Finn Aug 29, 2009 1:30 AMTags
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Club-owner and celebrity scratcher Adam Goldstein, who was far better known by the moniker DJ AM, was found dead Friday in his New York apartment, E! News has confirmed. He was 36.

Details have been sparse so far, but the New York Fire Department has confirmed that a body was discovered at Goldstein's Lafayette Street address at 5:24 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 6 p.m. The body was not transported from the scene afterward.

Various media outlets, citing NYPD insiders, have reported that prescription-pill bottles and drug paraphernalia, including a crack pipe, were found in the apartment. Officials said they found no evidence of foul play.

"Adam 'DJ AM' Goldstein was found deceased this afternoon in his New York City apartment," read a statement released by the late artist's rep. "The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear. Out of respect for his family and loved ones, please respect their privacy at this time."

A neighbor told E! News that there were police at the scene when she returned home this afternoon.

"I came home and there were police cars everywhere.  My doorman told me someone died in 7A and I knew who it was," she said. "The whole front of the building is filled with police blocking if off with barricades."

"I know he has been here for the last week and a half, but I haven't seen him," she added.

Goldstein, who along with Travis Barker survived a fiery plane crash that killed four others last year, had recently finished shooting an eight-episode series for MTV about addiction, Gone Too Far, in which he opened up about his past struggles with substance abuse.

Within minutes of the news breaking, Barker's ex, Shanna Moakler, had tweeted: "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."

—Additional reporting by Ashley Fultz and Lindsay Miller

(Originally published Aug. 28, 2009, at 4:30 p.m. PT)