A Sad End for DJ AM

DJ-AM-succumbed-to-an-accidental-drug-overdoseIn the 2010 film Iron Man 2, Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein spins records at Tony Stark’s birthday party. The cameo appears in the exciting scene that ended with Iron Man and his best friend fighting and destroying his house. Goldstein filmed the cameo two months before his death by overdose.

Iron Man 2 producer Jon Favreau dedicated the film to him.

Who was Goldstein?

Goldstein scratched records for a number of celebrities, including Will Smith, Madonna, and Jay Z. He worked private events and became popular in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York. Goldstein produced a number of songs and DJ mixes. He gained popularity when he dated socialite Nicole Ritchie.

Despite his music, people knew Goldstein for his struggle with drugs. As he described it, he would deejay until 2 am, go get drugs and abuse them until daylight. A failed suicide attempt (his gun jammed) opened his eyes (source). He avoided drugs and alcohol for years before his unfortunate death.

Goldstein’s death

On August 28, 2009, after missing a show, Goldstein was found dead in his New York City apartment. Authorities found him with eight undigested OxyContin pills in his stomach and a ninth in his mouth. Cocaine, Levamisole (a drug commonly used to cut cocaine), oxycodone (the active ingredient in OxyContin), hydrocodone (a powerful pain reliever), Ativan, Klonapin and Xanax were all found in his system (source). It was ruled an accidental overdose.

Months prior to his death, Goldstein was one of the only survivors in a plane crash. His friend and famous drummer Travis Barker survived as well, but the two were badly burned. Goldstein was reported as having difficulties recovering emotionally, which may have led him back to drug use.

Hard lessons

We don’t wish Goldstein’s trouble or the circumstances of his death on anyone. His struggle teaches several lessons.

A main one? You can change. Had the gun not jammed during his suicide attempt, Goldstein wouldn’t have realized his worth and gotten off drugs.

Unfortunately, the tragic plane crash allegedly led him back to drugs. It is our hope that if you need help dealing with issues, seek safe therapies and avoid drugs.

If you’re struggling with drug addiction, there is a way out. Our friends at Test Smartly Labs can help.

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5 Comments to “A Sad End for DJ AM”

  1. Fletcher, Rohrbaugh, & Chahine 1 April 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    A sad but important lesson to learn. Be careful when you are partying.

  2. S-O-S Electronics 2 April 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Wishing his family and friends the best. This is a very sad loss for them.

  3. This is a sad reminder of how hard it can be to be rid of the drug lifestyle.

  4. TITLE Boxing Club Lenexa 5 April 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    This is very sad. I don’t understand how this was ruled as an accidental overdose though. Just doesn’t seem possible with the amount of drugs found in his system.

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