As police continue to look into the details surrounding Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein’s death, it seems the late entertainer reverted back to his past drug using ways in the last hours of his life. Goldstein, 36, was found dead in his New York apartment at 5:20 p.m. on Friday August 28, 2009 after police responded to a response to a 911 call about a man who hadn’t been seen for two days.
According to police reports, Goldstein sent a text message to two friends at 1am on Friday, August 28th concerning his weekly gig at the Palms Hotel’s Rain nightclub in Las Vegas. (The Palms, in tribute to Goldstein, have since blacked out the “P,” “L” and “S” on their sign so that it simply reads “AM.”)
Adam’s two traveling companions called police when he failed to answer his cell phone and neglected to arrive at the airport to catch his departing flight. When the NYPD broke down the door, police found Goldstein dead in bed, with a crack pipe and prescription pills nearby. According to People, a half bag of crack cocaine was also recovered from Goldstein’s apartment. There were no signs of foul play, and an initial autopsy yielded inconclusive results.
Addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky said Saturday that pain medications likely led DJ AM, a former drug addict who had sustained sobriety for 10 years, away from his sober path. “It very slowly and subtly reawakens addiction,” Pinsky said of pain medication in an interview Saturday. “I’m not saying it was inappropriately prescribed, I’m saying he didn’t know the risks.”
Pinsky, host of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab, said he believed pain medication Goldstein took for injuries sustained in last year’s plane crash which required him to go through two skin graft surgeries, reawakened his addiction to drugs. Goldstein had long preached sobriety and openly discussed his earlier addictions to drugs including crack cocaine and Ecstasy.
A medical examiner’s office spokeswoman said Saturday that toxicology tests, expected to take weeks, are needed to determine what killed Goldstein. An autopsy Saturday was inconclusive, said the spokeswoman, Ellen Borakove.