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DJ AM in December 2008
Background information
Birth name Adam Michael Goldstein
Also known as DJ AM
Born (1973-03-30)March 30, 1973
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died August 28, 2009(2009-08-28) (aged 36)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation(s) DJ, remixer, drummer, businessman
Instruments Turntables, drums
Associated acts TRV$DJAM, Crazy Town, Steve Aoki, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Travis Barker, Samantha Ronson, DJ Scene

DJ AM (born Adam Michael Goldstein; March 30, 1973 – August 28, 2009) was an American DJ, remixer, record producer and musician. Goldstein was a member of the rock band Crazy Town from 1999 until 2001, and was one half of TRV$DJAM along with Travis Barker. Barker and Goldstein both survived the 2008 South Carolina Learjet 60 crash, which killed the other four people on board.

Goldstein appeared in several television series, hosted the MTV series Gone Too Far and contributed mixes and appeared as a playable character in the video game DJ Hero. He appeared as himself in the film Iron Man 2, which was dedicated in his memory after his death. On August 29, 2009 he was found dead in his New York City apartment from a drug overdose.

Early and personal life[edit]

Goldstein was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a Jewish family.[1] As a child, he was verbally abused by his father, whom Goldstein called "unbelievably cruel." His father abused drugs and alcohol and was sent to jail for committing bank fraud and later died due to complications from AIDS.[2] Goldstein attended the elite Quaker school Friends' Central.[3] After his parents divorced he moved with his mother to Los Angeles where he began experimenting with drugs. He was sent to a drug rehabilitation centre though was indicted and dismissed for his treatment of younger patients.[4]

When Goldstein was 20 years old, he started deejaying, which he had been obsessed with since seeing Herbie Hancock perform "Rockit" at the 1983 Grammy Awards. During his early 20s, Goldstein also battled a drug addiction, specifically to crack cocaine. At one point, he attempted suicide but was unsuccessful when the gun did not go off.[5] Shortly thereafter, he became sober, began attending AA meetings and dedicated himself to working as a DJ.[6][7]

Goldstein began dating actress Nicole Richie in 2003 and announced their engagement in February 2005.[8] However, the couple broke up in late 2006.[9] He was good friends with Jesse F. Keeler, A-Trak, Steve Aoki, Cory Kennedy, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Skillz, Samantha Ronson, John Mayer, Scott Caan, and Travis Barker.[10] Goldstein was an avid sneakerhead, owning over 600 pairs of sneakers by 2006.[11]


Goldstein in February 2007

Goldstein's stage name, "DJ AM" stands for his first and middle names, Adam Michael. He was a member of the rap/rock group Crazy Town between 1999 and 2001. He had also scratched on albums for Papa Roach, Madonna, Will Smith and Shifty, and played concerts with Jay-Z. He had played private events for celebrities like Jim Carrey, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Stiller, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christina Aguilera, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and Kate Hudson.[12]

He collaborated with Travis Barker of Blink-182 and +44 in several performances, including the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. On December 1, 2008, TV Guide reported that DJ AM would make his first appearance with Travis Barker since the two survived a plane crash. The duo performed at New Year's Nation's Los Angeles 2008 New Year's Eve Party at The Wiltern.[13][14][15] DJ AM spent 3 years performing at Caesars Palace,[16] but left in 2009 to become Rain Nightclub's regular Friday night DJ in the Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas.[17]

His reality television appearances include Punk'd, where his former fiancée, Nicole Richie, was the subject of a practical joke, and the third season of The Simple Life. Goldstein appears as himself in the "What About Bob?" episode of Entourage's third season. He also appeared as a guest DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He finished filming Gone Too Far, a reality show for MTV in which he and concerned families staged interventions for drug abusers.[18] Eight episodes of Gone Too Far had been shot before his body was discovered on August 28.[19] The show's original premiere date was October 5, 2009. Goldstein reportedly told his addiction-program sponsor that he would return to rehab.[20] After debating whether to air the show following his death, MTV decided to debut it on October 12.[21] His family stated "It is our hope through airing this show that people will get to see the side of Adam that we knew and loved. The decision to air the show has been difficult, but we do this with the profound belief that it will inspire others to seek help".[22] In 2009 he also appeared in the documentary Downtown Calling.[23]

Goldstein in June 2009

Goldstein was involved with Activision’s DJ Hero game in 2009. After his death Activision vice president Tim Riley said “We hope that his work on the game will be a fitting tribute to his creative spirit and musical talent.”[24] He posthumously won "DJ of the Year" at the 2009 BET Hip Hop Awards.[25] Shortly after his death, he was featured in the South Park episode "Dead Celebrities", along with other celebrities that died in the summer of 2009. Goldstein filmed a cameo for the 2010 film Iron Man 2 two months before his death, appearing as himself deejaying Tony Stark's birthday party. The film is dedicated in his memory.[26]

Plane crash[edit]

On September 19, 2008, after having performed at a college event with frequent collaborator Travis Barker, Goldstein was seriously injured when a Learjet in which he was traveling crashed on takeoff in Columbia, South Carolina. The crash killed both crew members and two other passengers, and critically injured Goldstein and Barker.[27] They were both transported to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia, and were both listed in critical condition.[28] According to reports, Goldstein suffered burns on his hands and parts of his head. His ex-girlfriend, singer Mandy Moore, with whom he was still close, flew to be by his side at the Georgia hospital where he was staying.[29] Goldstein was released from the hospital on September 26, 2008, a spokeswoman told AP.[30]

In December 2008, Goldstein filed a civil lawsuit against the plane's charter company, Learjet and Goodyear tires; the suit claims negligence on the part of the pilots and a manufacturing defect on the part of the plane. Goldstein was asking for damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement and loss of earnings. Goldstein was the last passenger to file a civil suit; the estates of deceased passengers Chris Baker and Charles Still had already filed suits, as had Barker.[31][32]


Goldstein was found dead in his New York City apartment on August 28, 2009, from an apparent drug overdose.[33][34] Drug paraphernalia, including a crack pipe and a bag of crack cocaine, were found in the apartment.[35][36] The New York medical examiner subsequently determined that Goldstein's death was an accident caused by an "acute intoxication" from a combination of cocaine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, lorazepam, clonazepam, alprazolam, diphenhydramine and levamisole (a drug used to cut cocaine).[37][38][39]

After a memorial service, Goldstein was interred at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, a Jewish cemetery in Los Angeles on September 2, 2009.[40] The following day, a memorial was held at the Hollywood Palladium.[41]


In August 2011, several DJs paid tribute to DJ AM at the Vanity Nightclub in the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas.[42] Eminem paid tribute to Goldstein on the 2010 song "Talkin' 2 Myself", rapping "Rest in peace to DJ AM/'cause I know what it's like/I struggle with this shit every single day." Eminem also battled an addiction to prescription medication and nearly died from an overdose in late 2007. On the cover of the Blink-182 album, Neighborhoods, "DJ AM" can be seen written on one of the buildings, as a memorial.[43]

A documentary film about Goldstein titled As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM, was announced at the Electric Daisy Carnival Week's EDMbiz Conference on June 20, 2013.[44] The film was released in April 2015.[4]



  • Samantha Ronson & DJ AM – Challah (2003)
  • Samantha Ronson & DJ AM – Challah Back (2003)

DJ Mixes

Appears on





  • DJ Hero, contributing mixes for the game and also appearing as a playable character[46]

Television and film appearances[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2009 Downtown Calling Himself Documentary film
2010 Iron Man 2 Himself Feature film; dedicated in his memory
Year Title Role Notes
2005–2007 The Simple Life Himself 1 Episode (Season 3, "Zoo")
2005 Punk'd Himself 1 Episode
2006 Entourage Himself 1 Episode
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest DJ (Himself) 1 Episode
2009 Gone Too Far Himself 8 Episodes, also as writer, creator


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