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Adam Goldstein

Birthdate: 30. March 1973
Date of death: 28. August 2009

Adam Michael Goldstein , known professionally as DJ AM, was an American disc jockey . 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. Wikipedia

„I've prayed every night for the past 10 years. There's a lot more to thank God for now. My philosophy is 'live life to the fullest,' [and] I was saved for a reason. Maybe I'm going to help someone else. I don't question it. All I know is, I'm thankful I'm still here.“

—  Adam Goldstein

James Montgomery DJ AM Says He Was 'Saved For A Reason' In First Post-Crash Interview http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1597103/20081015/dj_am.jhtml October. 15 2008. Retrieved August 30, 2009. (October 2008).

„I have really bad days and I have really OK days. It's strange. I'm blessed. I'm alive. I'm here.“

—  Adam Goldstein

DJ AM In July Interview: 'I'm Blessed. I'm Alive' http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/30/dj-am-in-july-interview-i_n_272143.html Huffington Post. Retrieved August 30, 2009. (July 2009).

„Feed the soul, starve the ego.“

—  Adam Goldstein

DJ AM Official Blog http://www.djam.com/blog (2009).

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„New York, New York. Big city of dreams, but everything in New York ain't always what it seems.“

—  Adam Goldstein

http://twitter.com/DJ_AM/status/3543399699 Last Twitter posting by DJ AM
August 25, 2009

„There’s no reason why I should have lived or why I lived and they didn’t. And it’s something I struggle with every day.“

—  Adam Goldstein

DJ AM’s friend rushed to his SoHo apt., but he was already dead http://blog.taragana.com/e/2009/08/29/goldstein-suffered-daily-struggle-to-cope-29107/ Taragana. Retrieved August 30, 2009.

„I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of DJ AM. He was our resident DJ at Rain Nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort. We considered him a friend and a great artist. He will truly be missed.“

—  Adam Goldstein

George Maloof, entrepreneur and casino owner DJ AM DEATH LEAVES CLUB BOSS DEVASTATED http://www.younghollywood.com/news/2009/08/30/dj-am-death-leaves-club-boss-devastated.html

„I saw DJ AM play in a mansion in Miami, and he amazed me with his skills and the music he picked to make the crowd move. He made sure everyone — I mean everyone — had a good time!“

—  Adam Goldstein

DJ Khaled, club DJ. DJ AM's Turntable Skills Revered By Drama, Just Blaze, More DJs http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1620376/20090830/dj_am.jhtml

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