DJ AM found dead

August 28th, 2009 // 311 Comments

Less than a year after narrowly surviving a fiery plane crash, DJ AM was found dead this afternoon in his New York apartment. A drug overdose is believed to be the cause. TMZ reports:

Law enforcement sources tell us he was found in his apartment at around 5:20 PM. We’re told drug paraphernalia was found at the scene.
We’re told DJ AM had not been seen or heard from for a few days — one of his friends went to check on him, but got no response after knocking on his apartment door.
We’re told the friend called the police, who broke down the door and then found DJ AM’s body.

Way to make the most of a second chance at life. Well played.

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  1. Len

    Look, he was probably in chronic pain since the crash and became addicted to prescription meds. It can happen to anyone, and at least he has a f*cking excuse– he survived a plane crash. Didn’t he have 3rd degree burns somewhere on his body?

    Most of you pussies wish they had a plan crash as an excuse for taking vicodin, dilaudid, xanax, etc. I bet some of you steal it from your parent’s medicine cabinets.

  2. Tyler Sinquese

    #98. Some people do live a vice free life it’s called actually living anything else is not living it’s numbing your pea brian with distractions until your number is called. Since you freely admit you have vices then you may end up in an equally tragic end that others judge and condemn so since that’s indeed possible why are you judging him it just makes you a hypocrite you clearly do things that could eventualy kill you so have some respect it’s as simple as that.

  3. ur sick and wrong

    “Way to make the most of a second chance at life. Well played.”
    That is incredibly inappropriate and insensitive in the light of such unfortunate circumstances. I believe those comments should be retracted.

    I second that.

  4. fool

    what an idiot. someone else deserved to live in that plane crash..

  5. Jose

    Dont worry Superficial, these people arnt goin anywhere. I knew right away that comment was gonna cause ripples in the comment pool. I agree with it 100% but definetely a bold manuever posting it. The message is simple and strong, life is something to protect and it seems it does require blunt and callous statements to get folks to wake up. Day after day people are dying on drugs, most recently prescription pills. Those who dont die, have to deal with a crumbling life and extensive rehab to undo what substance abuse causes. Its a sickness of a society and no matter how many celebrities die from it, people are just gonna keep on doin it, and dying.

    So whereas I actually like the site a little better now for the ballsyness of posting a comment that needs to be heard, I certainly would not like to be friends or family of the deceased, and stumble onto that comment, no less deal with the loss of their loved one. Sorry for your loss.

  6. londonafter

    honestly the last comment was really tasteless, a man died that’s no laughing matter, but on the other hand you’re right, you just said it too soon.
    Anyways, we’re not the ones to judge

  7. Katie

    This is sad. Came out of nowhere.. hadn’t heard much of him lately and then he’s dead too… honestly the celeb death I’m most upset with this year is Billy Mays :( Go out and buy oxyclean! Don’t support Shamwow!
    I bet Mandy Moore is torn up over this. I feel badly for her.

  8. Paige

    Someones dead, superficial. Have some fucking respect. Im removing this site from my favorites, Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

  9. renee

    bla bla bla #102..good luck w/that “vice free life your living”….i dont think so…..everybody has “something” they are dealing with…….how you deal with it is what counts……..as for “judging”….naw, its out there…….what he did and how it ended……whats to judge?

  10. Kelley

    Calm down people, it’s that type of site. I would have said the same thing. He got a second chance and fucked it all up. Self-inflicted … the comment was fine.

  11. Paul

    I guess that’s what you get for launching a lawsuit against a DEAD pilot’s estate, potentially robbing the orphans’ chances at going to university, etc…

  12. austinjames

    haha .. wake up call …how ironic

  13. Samir

    I’m going to take a wild stab at it and assume that most of the people vigorously defending this guy are either selfish inside or naive. Many people don’t realize that suicide and drug abuse are not a victimless crime. This guy doesn’t care if you call him an asshole, he’s dead. He left behind people who are emotionally scarred, his kids, his family, his friends. Obviously the fact that this would be a tragedy to everyone around him didn’t concern him when he stuck a gun in his mouth, and pulled the trigger, a while back. And, when the gun didn’t go off, he learned nothing from the pain that people around him felt. A loser is a loser till death, and now he is dust in the wind, leaving behind people who genuinely cared for him. Those are the people I feel sad for.

  14. fuckedup

    It’s sad that he didn’t reach out for help that was surely available. The PTSD must have been intense.

  15. Jonesy

    He was probably depressed and guilty for surviving the crash man. Only a total douche wouldn’t understand this and mock his ‘second chance’ at life. What is life like in your Superficial bubble?

  16. Sam

    Come on, Fish…he’s dead. At least have some respect. Clearly he was suffering.

  17. Jimmy

    WHO HONESTLY CARES??? C’MON!!!

  18. Sam

    @#10 Addiction is a disease like any other disease. Do your fucking research and stop being an insensitive prick.

  19. Jimmy

    WHO HONESTLY CARES??? C’MON!!!

  20. Torrid Past

    #115 Only a total douche would say something without knowing the facts. It was his third chance (3rd!). He already tried killing himself once before. What is it like to be a sheep?

  21. Jimmy

    WHO HONESTLY CARES??? C’MON!!!

  22. Jimmy

    WHO HONESTLY CARES??? C’MON!!!

  23. Jimmy

    WHO HONESTLY CARES??? C’MON!!!

  24. Jesus, Son of God

    So some drug user is dead. No one should care except that the earth is a little bit cleaner now.

  25. Torrid Past

    #115 Only a total douche would say something without knowing the facts. It was his third chance (3rd!). He already tried killing himself once before. What is it like to be a sheep?

  26. grip

    didn’t he see Final Destination. you dont cheat deth.

  27. Sam

    @#75….That was beautifully said. Thank you.

  28. telly

    you know, i really dont give a shit how many of you call it being a pussy. how do you fuckers sleep at night? i would just x out of this shit right now and not bother to post, but i feel the immense desire to tell the superficial they’ve lost another reader of i dont know how many have just left because of this. later bitches.

  29. kimber

    I feel bad that he died.

    Fish is allowed to write what he wants … freedom of speech.

    Yes, Renee is a fat shut in.

  30. k

    ok so he might have felt guilty tht his friends or w/e died in the plane crash and he didn’t. but u know wut..? shit happens and u just deal with it. thts wut 98% of functioning society does. drugs aren’t the answer, they just make u more depressed. if u feel that shitty go to counseling. and people that are mentaly sane that commit suicide r just selfish pussys that r not thinking of the people they hurt around them.

  31. maddy is a L7

    I’m still going to read this site (because it’s obviously the funniest one out there) but the last line was incredibly inappropriate and i am thoroughly surprised at you ‘Fish, you generally step up and show us your not a bad guy.

    respect man, you show it even when other don’t.

  32. good riddance

    seriously, why are people getting offended?

    the guy had a SECOND chance at life, after a plane crash. Where the majority of people died, and (read the news), typically everybody dies.

    So this jackass decides he survives and can start risking his life again?

    The pilot of the plane should have been left alive, not this clown. At least we know the pilot would not have OD’ed like this fucking loser. Good riddance. You obviously had no idea how to be grateful to be alive.

  33. DeeDee

    I’m a reader who comes for the daily crass humor and have never commented, but I wanted to this time in order to thank the SW for his honesty and for not sugar coating things.

    Let’s look at the big picture: DJ AM had a nice job,money, home etc. Knowing that there are many people on this earth who have much, much less in their lives does not make me pity another rich celebrity who decides to ruin their life with an addiction. Instead of feeling sorry for a guy who took life for granted and ended it with drugs, spend your energy feeling sorry for the sick, hungry, abused, etc.

    There is my rant.

  34. Ella

    I’m absolutely disgusted by the comment Superficial. I honestly will never check this site again. The man survived a plane crash and was suffering emotionally and physically because of it. He was probably taking meds to combat the pain from his 3rd degree burns, he was also probably on meds to combat survivors guilt and nightmares. You have no idea what this man could have been dealing with in his personal life.

    Im usually not sensitive to comments on these shit gossip sites but this one was the worst of the worst. Just because he was wealthy and successful unlike the majority of you pervs commenting on camel toes and implants doesn’t mean he didn’t have a life that he deserved to live and a death that doesn’t deserve to be mourned. If it happened to someone you loved I’d love to see you make jokes about their suffering.

  35. DeeDee

    I’m a reader who comes for the daily crass humor and have never commented, but I wanted to this time in order to thank the SW for his honesty and for not sugar coating things.

    Let’s look at the big picture: DJ AM had a nice job,money, home etc. Knowing that there are many people on this earth who have much, much less in their lives does not make me pity another rich celebrity who decides to ruin their life with an addiction. Instead of feeling sorry for a guy who took life for granted and ended it with drugs, spend your energy feeling sorry for the sick, hungry, abused, etc. I agree with Good Riddance about the pilot, feel bad for him and his family.

  36. Rachel

    Good for you. He had a second chance and he blew it. The perfect example of what should have been carpe diem. It’s a shame.

  37. empires

    to the people whinging about the last line of the article… have a cry, i thought the line was entirelly appropriate

  38. A BABY

    DJ AM DIED @ AGE 36 OF NATURAL CAUSES
    what the fuck ever.
    i hope everyone who is bitching about that last line wakes the fuck up.
    WHO THE FUCK IS DJ AM ANYWAY? NO ONE CARES.
    will you guys cry when my uncle larry drinks himself to death @ at 52?

  39. jizzlobber

    I lol’d

  40. J

    HELLO!! Travis was also in that plane crash and suffered more burns than DJ AM and he didn’t go and OD himself on drugs. I agree that the last comment was a little harsh but I won’t stop reading. DJ already had past problems with drugs who knows maybe he started again

  41. dude

    fish and @42 are both right. goldstein clearly had some survivor’s guilt but he was a crackhead long before the plane crash, and could have taken his survival as an opportunity to learn humility. but rather he chose to play the victim and just sue and get high.
    there are people who have worse things happen to them than survive a crash, that don’t go and off themselves accidentally or otherwise.
    in the end he died a jerkoff.

  42. Oh Hai Thar

    Jesus, have some fucking compassion. He was a recovering drug addict who was forced to use narcotics again when he was badly burned. Do you have any fucking idea how much pain he was in? It becomes THAT EASY to fall back into the grip of addiction, especially when your pain not only comes from injury but from post traumatic stress disorder.

    Lulz it up though, suffering is only for non celebs and their loved ones!

    Morons.

  43. Lenny

    It’s called PTSD. That happens to people when they go through things like PLANE CRASHES. He formerly had a drug problem and was suicidal at one point because of drugs. He just finished a reality show HELPING OTHERS with their drug problems. The man had a vice and it got the best of him. It’s truly a sad ting to see people die in the prime of their lives. Let the guy rest in peace. He was probably the most down to earth dude that this site has ever covered. No need for snide remarks on this story, guy.

  44. Bill

    I hate that he died but you got it right on the nose. Way to throw that second chance to hell, “DJ” AM, way to go.

  45. Vinny Tortavello

    Lesson here: Dont F with the grim reaper. The plane crash didnt kill him but a needle (perhaps) & his stupidity did…
    BTW, do people notice that Lindsey L, Paris, and John Mayer are the FIRST F’ing aholes to throw in their 2 cents when a celeb dies…pretending to care when all they really want are they fucking names posted in the stores???

  46. Eleni

    I agree with you, #79. It showed a lot about him as a person when he sued families who had actually lost family members, and his cold-heartedness and money-hunger came back to bite him in the ass.

    It’s sad though, 36 is such a young age to die.

  47. Skope

    This site is called the Superficial. If you want emotional responses, get the fuck out of here you bitch babies.

    Fish, you do what you do, keep it up.

    If you cant handle being rich and famous and having EVERYTHING in your life, then that’s your problem. Boohoo I have to do so many drugs because im so well off…

  48. The 'A' Man

    That was an awesome comment fish!!! This ugly talentless dude truly didnt deserve that “second” chance!

  49. jimmyh

    To everyone claiming that they’ll never come back to this site over that line: A) You’re fuckin’ lying and B) Go fuck yourselves.

    Oh, he was dealing with survivor’s guilt and the pain of being burned and whatnot? That is truly tragic, I agree. But if he goes and fucks his life up with drugs, fuck ‘em. There are people who’ve suffered FAR worse that never succumb to that bullshit; where’s their online pity party? Fuck this dead fuck, fuck all of you for defending his addicted ass.

  50. carkeyP

    everyone freaking about this comment needs to chill. we all enjoy the superficial but who is the writer really? some anonymous person with an opinion just like everyone else. maybe his comment was a bit harsh, but he’s right. survive an insane plane crash and then OD less then a year later, awesome.

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