Saturday, August 29, 2009

"Gone Too Far"
DJ AM, the celebrity disc jockey who publicly acknowledged his history of drug addiction and had filmed a reality show in which he offered to help other addicts, was found dead in his apartment. He was 36. Police found a crack pipe and prescription pills in the Manhattan apartment. Paramedics had to break down the door before they found him, shirtless and wearing sweatpants, in his bed around 5:20 p.m. on Friday, the official said. DJ AM, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, had openly discussed past addictions to crack cocaine, Ecstasy and other drugs, addictions so bad he once tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head _ but the gun jammed. However, he claimed he had been drug-free for years, even swearing off cigarettes. In October, MTV was to debut his reality show, "Gone Too Far," in which he and concerned families staged interventions for drug abusers. "There's no better way to remember what it was like when I was at my bottom than to see someone at their bottom," he told the AP. MTV did not have an immediate comment on whether Goldstein's show would air, but said in a statement that it "was honored to support him as he helped young people battle their own addictions." Goldstein was a deejay for hire who performed at Hollywood's most exclusive parties. -COLLEEN LONG and NEKESA MUMBI MOODY Associated Press

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