September 29th, 2009
02:03 PM ET

DJ AM died of 'accidental overdose'

This just in to the Showbiz Tonight newsroom:

The New York Medical Examiner confirms that DJ AM, aka Adam Goldstein died from an accidental overdose. They told us that he suffered "Acute intoxication due to the combined effects of Cocaine, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Benadryl and Levamisole (drug used to cut cocaine)."

DJ AM, 36, was found dead in his New York City apartment on August 28th.  He died almost a year after surviving a plane crash that killed four other people. DJ AM and Travis Barker, former drummer for Blink- 182, were the only survivors.

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  1. jeatabeulah

    look at coach bags 2011 , just clicks away coach tote for less

    February 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Grace

    well, i had only gotten about half way down this list of comments when i got angry and wrote my previous message, but as i read down i saw a glimmer of hope. there is still some humanity. thank god. i was literally crying. thank you for your positive comments, those of you that decided not to go with the "crowd" and give them. i'll sleep better tonight.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Destiney & 1-8 Sneve

    This is a very sad death. We are so glad that he touched the lives of others and gave his viewers hope and inspiration. As people who understand the mind of a drug addict, we know that it is a life long diease. We are just so sorry to hear that he passeed away. We hope that the people he met has awakened to their own situation and learn something from DJ AM'S death. Remember to always make something postitive out of something negitive! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and his fans.

    November 20, 2009 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Riany

    OOOPS! SORRY people! I made a mistake in my comment above, which is FELL, as you probably know what I meant is FEEL! Thank you.

    November 13, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Riany

    I do feel really sorry for him! I belive that he was a great human being because of all that good things he made for those people who were suffering drug addiction like he was, and I belive that that people and also their family are now and will be thankful for that fact as long as they live, no matter what. Come on you all who doesn't have nothing good to say abuot someone who lived a big part of his live to help and to make well things for others, even when he didn't know them, or when he didn't know what expect while he was working with sick persons who were totally out of control! He made their lives worth something when they were lost and hopeless! He is not guilty because he passed away this way or another way. Can't you see that? And that's one of my questions for all of you who dare judge him without heart even when he is gone. He can't say a word! What a shame of you! What the heck do you have inside your chest? An ICE CUBE? Hey there! Remember that you can fall down too in many ways, and you know why? Well, because nobody's perfect in this entire world, even you! I hope you can change your mind and your heart some good day in your life, so maybe then you'll be able to FELL something fine. I'm completely sure that's my best wish for all of you. Over that, I'm so glad for those who still have a real and warm heart inside their chest. Gad bless you all! LOVE and PEACE, that's the best way to live the life and win always! Try it out and you won't regret. Thank you!

    November 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Keith

    Just because he had all those in his system does not mean they were in HIGH doses. Like most other medications they can come in other doses. Most of the medicines he was taking were for anxiety. No Im not saying cocaine is a medicine. He was obviously trying to cope with things going on with his life and like many of you said prolly because he and travis were the only ones who survived the plane crash. I'm sure many people have had that guilt before. Maybe not because someone died but maybe because someone else got arrested for something you did. Just let the man rest. It has long since been over.

    November 6, 2009 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    Overdose??? Yes overdose, that's what happens when you use drugs without knowing what the hell your giving yourself........

    October 2, 2009 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Don

    Honestly I never write comments but I was compelled to due to the total lack of humanity in the words above. This man was in a PLANE CRASH – he had extensive physical injuries not to mention mental ones – why did I survive and my friends die? It is almost 100% certain that the drugs – vicodin were for pain – to escape the suffering he was experiencing. Accidental I'm sure meaning not suicide, he was just trying to deal with some pain and for all of you who have not been in a plane crash – I'm guessing 100% of those here – should not place judgement but rather sympathy.

    October 1, 2009 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |


    October 1, 2009 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Angie M.

    The only reason they call addiction a "disease", is so insurance can cover the cost of treating it. If it's a disease, then AA, NA, would have certified doctors. I think it's nonsense to call it a disease- it is a problem with self control.

    October 1, 2009 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. Crystal

    Apparently a lot of people were never taught to not speak ill of the dead.
    if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all.
    It does not matter what killed him, he is gone.

    Enough said.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jacque

    There are systems used by the dark owers of this world to take you out, no person in their right mind would want to be an addict, it happens and it controls. too bad it's becoming an epidemic in this country, too bad we don't have better recreation!

    September 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RelaxPeople

    without any sort of note or other indicia of intention, it's appropriate to term it accidental. just because it was something you may not approve of doesn't mean the guy intended to kill himself. we'd be much further toward helping with the nations drug problem if we quit viewing addiction so dispassionately. moreover, saying that because he was using something dangerous his death was intentional is like saying that everyone who gets into a car (legally, a "dangerous instrument") intends to die, because they might get into an accident.

    September 30, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Theresa

    Well said, Kristen.

    September 30, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kristin

    While Adam was responsible for his own behavior, those of you who condemn him should remember that addiction is a disease, a medically documented physical and mental disorder. Adam was admittedly afflicted with this condition. Your judgment based on a moral high-ground paradigm is, in addition to being absurdly pompous, completely invalid in light of this fact. He died of a disease that could affect anyone, including you or someone you love. Perhaps you should consider that before spewing cruelty in the wake of someone's death.

    September 30, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. tdr

    "Accidental"...right. That's like saying the guy who puts a gun in his mouth and pulls the trigger did it on accident. Society should just be happy he wasn't an airline pilot, bus driver, or someone with a job that other's lives didn't depend upon him doing the right thing. No sympathy for such a moron. Yeah, call me heartless, but the facts are the facts.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  17. P.D.

    I do feel sorry for him it is a shame when young person dies. It is easy to sit in judgement of ohters, however you never had to walk in his shoes.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  18. David

    I don't think that with the amount of pills found in his stomach, mouth, traces of other medications in his system and cocaine is "accidental".
    It's unfortunate that his life was cut short, but it is what it is.

    September 29, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Peter

    I am sure his intention was not to die, but he sure did “intentionally” put his life at risk, did he not? Kinda hard to say it was a true “accident”. More like he gambled with his life and lost. I have great sympathy for his family and all those who cared about him, especially those who might have tried to help him, but it’s hard to have sympathy for someone who walks a tightrope over the grand canyon – metaphorically speaking, of course.

    September 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  20. rockturner

    I do not feel sorry for him. We are all making too many excuses for this type of behavior.
    Addiction of any kind will eventually destroy you..

    September 29, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  21. c

    i feel bad, how he survived the plane wreck, claimed lives= and he survived it..( i think its called suvivors guilt, where he lived but others died) that would be enough to send ANYONE over the edge, let alone a former addict. hed been sober for what 11 years? yes the crash, and the feelings/pain afterwards would be enough to test even the strongest willpower... i couldnt imagine what he had to live thur after the crash, i dont think i would wish that on anyone.

    September 29, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  22. NYLA Princess

    I believe and it may sound heartless, but he died from an overdose. Not accidental. Did he think that after all the years of being sober wouldn't make a difference to his tolerance level. Plus he used to be obese. Maybe back then he could ingest all that and wake up and be okay. And I think that his girlfriend was not being honest about their relationship. They were either breaking up or broken up. She probably feels badly and reworded it. Sad to see that his life was given a major second chance, but instead he abused it. He got my sympathy once for the years of drug use because he was an addict, but I was skeptical about the reasons behind it. He made a lot of money, partied and got high. I felt badly when they got out of that terrible plane accident. No one deserves that. But I have no empathy now.

    September 29, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  23. rachel

    It's accidental because he probably didn't set out to kill himself, Debra.It's called an overdose. It wa slikely unintentional; i.e., accidental.

    September 29, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  24. TheTruth

    Couldn't be more simpler, Don't Do Drugs, Do Natural

    # of Accidental (or purposeful) deaths from Cannabis In the History of Mankind- 0

    September 29, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Russ

    The guy was a drug user.. sympathy for him is extremely limited. Don't Do Drugs!

    September 29, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Debra R

    How is that accidental? I feel for the friends and family of this man, but this was what happens to people when the addictions get the better of them. Sad and tragic.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |

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