DJ AM (Adam Goldstein), Learjet Crash

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UPDATE: DJ AM's estate and the various defendants, including Clay Lacy Aviation, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Learjet, reached an undisclosed settlement in January 2010.

DJ AM was a successfully recovering addict before he was almost killed in a plane crash last year.

Or so says Adam Goldstein's family, which has amended the late record-spinner's negligence suit against the various companies involved in that fatal flight to include an allegation of wrongful death.

"The crash ultimately caused DJ AM's death," states the revamped suit filed Nov. 5 in Los Angeles Superior Court. AM, who had recently finished shooting the MTV intervention series Gone Too Far when he accidentally OD'd on prescription meds and cocaine, was forced to start taking pills again to cope with anxiety and pain from the burns he suffered in the fiery crash, according to the new allegations.

So, according to his family, he was going nowhere but down after the accident.

In March, the 36-year-old sued Clay Lacy Aviation, Global Exec Aviation, Inter Travel and Services, Goodyear Tire, LearJet and the estates of the two pilots killed in the September 2008 crash, which also left Travis Barker severely injured and two members of their entourage dead.

Barker filed a similar suit against the companies last November.

LearJet has passed the buck to those who operated the plane and took possession of it after it had rolled out of their factory.

Charter company Clay Lacy has also maintained that it was not involved with this particular aircraft.

(Originally published Nov. 13, 2009, at 3:09 p.m. PT)


DJ AM died too young but still left plenty for us to remember.

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