Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM, was found dead at his New York City apartment on Friday morning, according to law enforcement officials.
DJ AM was found dead around 7 a.m. local time, but additional details were not immediately available. His body was found at 210 Lafayette Street.
According to local media reports, DJ AM may have died from an apparent drug overdose.
Calls to his publicist were not immediately returned.
AUGUST 29 UPDATE
Celebrity disc jockey DJ AM – also known as Adam Goldstein – was found dead in SoHo Friday.
According to authorities, his shirtless body was found in his seventh floor apartment around 5:20 p.m. and was surrounded by prescription drugs. Police also found a crack pipe at his side. One of his friends – who had reportedly not heard from him in a few days and was unable to get into Goldstein’s posh SoHo home – phoned authorities when he went to check on him and did not get a response.
New York City police then broke down the door and declared DJ AM dead at the scene. It’s not clear how long he had been dead before he was found.
Goldstein, along with drummer Travis Barker, survived a small plane crash in South Carolina back in September. Four people died in that incident.
DJ AM and Barker are the only ones who survived the crash. “After the accident, he seemed to care more about life and friends, and less about the spotlight,” said Scott Schroer, a DJ known as Scotty Boy who has known DJ AM 10 years. “He was hurting.”
There was no evidence of foul play, and a medical examiner will determine the cause of death. However, sources say investigators are looking into the possibility of a drug overdose. Goldstein was 36-years-old.
Born in Philadelphia, Goldstein battled addiction, obesity and depression as a teenager. He had openly discussed past addictions to crack cocaine, Ecstasy and other drugs, addictions which once led him to attempt suicide by shooting himself in the head–but the gun jammed. Recently, he claimed he had been drug-free for years, even swearing off cigarettes. In October, MTV was to debut his reality show, “Gone Too Far,” in which he and concerned families staged interventions for drug abusers. It is unclear now whether MTV will air the show.
Goldstein’s spokeswoman, Jenni Weinman, said the circumstances surrounding his death were unclear. She pleaded for privacy for his family.
The deejay was best known for performing at some of Hollywood’s most exclusive parties. He was also known for relationships with Nicole Richie and Mandy Moore.