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After escaping death in a horrific plane crash almost one year ago, DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, could not win his battle against the drug demons that seemed to have haunted the celebrity jockey in recent months.

By Mohamad Kadry (kadry@khaleejtimes.com)

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Published: Mon 31 Aug 2009, 11:11 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:14 PM

Local radio jockey Brent Black, who once worked in LA, never directly crossed paths with Goldstein, but comments on the sudden loss to the music world.

“It’s a shame he wasn’t able to make more of the second chance that life gave him,” Black said, referencing the September plane crash that killed four passengers leaving Goldstein and music partner Travis Barker as the lone survivors.

Goldstein’s celebrity grew exponentially after hitting it off with reality TV star Nicole Ritchie, daughter of 80’s heartthrob Lionel Ritchie. The two were engaged but Goldstein later moved on to actress/singer Mandy Moore.

But local musician and radio jockey Ali Mak recalls a different side of Goldstein.

“As of recent, the American DJ was known more for his celebrity lifestyle having dated Nicole Richie and appearing on odd TV show’s, however most people forget Adam’s career started way before that,” he said.

“He was the man responsible for you saying, ‘check the mad scratching on that’ when you first heard Butterfly by Crazy Town. He truly brought scratching on tracks into the commercial fold and was well respected for that.”

Working with a long track list of Hollywood elite including Madonna, Will Smith and Jay Z, DJ AM continued to focus on music despite his growing social status.

“No, he wasn’t a household name,” Mak explained, “but to millions of club enthusiasts around the world, they knew who he was and this translated into a huge fan base.”

Mak continues: “DJ AM reached the top of the DJ ranks inspiring many, and to tell you the truth, there is no DJ out there that hasn’t thought even for a split second that “I’d like to reach the calibre of DJ AM, at least by reputation.”

“Playing out for some of the biggest names in the world DJ AM achieved much in his time, purely as a consistently good DJ. In my books, if Nike makes you a custom pair of trainers, you did something right in the industry!”

But as more details begin to surface about the exact cause of death, fans and friends alike remain in a state of shock for the gifted musician with a turbulent past.

In an October interview with Glamour magazine, Goldstein discloses a horrific childhood of obesity, insecurity and instability marred by drug abuse.

Goldstein said, “I’m 34 now, and it’s been nine and a half years since I’ve had a drink or taken drugs. But every day I have to remind myself that no matter how much time I have behind me, I’m still a drug addict. At any given moment, I’m five seconds away from walking up to someone, grabbing their drink out of their hand and downing it. And if I do that, within a week, tops, I’ll be smoking crack. So even though I have this crazy fabulous life, I have to hold on to the ground, gripping the grass with both hands.”



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