Record producerDied when: 36 years 151 days (436 months)
Star Sign: Aries
Adam Michael Goldstein (March 30, 1973 – August 28, 2009), known professionally as DJ AM, was an American disc jockey (DJ).Born in Philadelphia, Goldstein became interested in deejaying as a child after watching Herbie Hancock perform his 1983 single "Rockit".
Goldstein developed a drug addiction as a teenager and was sent to the controversial rehabilitation center Straight, Incorporated.After he left the center, his drug problems became worse; he was addicted to crack cocaine for several years in his early twenties.
After he attempted suicide in 1997, Goldstein became sober and later sponsored other addicts through Alcoholics Anonymous.Goldstein began deejaying in clubs in Los Angeles and joined the band Crazy Town in 1999.
He left the group in 2001 and focused on a career as a solo DJ.After he began dating Nicole Richie in 2003, his career skyrocketed.
In 2006, he accepted a $1 million contract to perform weekly at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas strip and was also charging upwards of $10,000 for private events.
In 2008, Goldstein and Travis Barker formed the duo TRV$DJAM.Barker and Goldstein were the only two survivors of the 2008 South Carolina Learjet 60 crash, which killed the other four people on board.
Goldstein appeared as himself in several television series, contributed mixes to and portrayed a playable character in the video game DJ Hero, and filmed a cameo appearance for Iron Man 2.
Goldstein hosted the 2009 MTV drug intervention series Gone Too Far, and he appeared to be struggling with his addiction during filming.
On August 28, 2009, he was found dead in his New York City apartment from a drug overdose.The DJ AM Memorial Fund, an organization designed to help people struggling with drug addiction, was launched in his memory by his sister, and Iron Man 2, which was released in 2010, was dedicated to him.