People Magazine is quoting a source with advance details of DJ AM’s as-of-yet unreleased autopsy report. According to their source, AM had eight Oxycontin pills in his stomach and one in his mouth, suggesting that his death was an intentional overdose and not accidental as many people guessed. People usually doesn’t run stories without solid, verifiable information so it’s probably safe to assume that this is sadly true. AM was said to have been distraught over a breakup with his girlfriend of one year just two weeks before his death, which she denies. What’s more is that the state of AM’s apartment also suggests that his death was planned, as there were mirrors propped against the doors.
Authorities investigating the death of DJ AM have found that he had eight undigested OxyContin pills in his stomach and a ninth in his mouth, a law enforcement source tells PEOPLE.
The finding suggests that DJ AM – real name Adam Goldstein – swallowed the powerful painkillers quickly. “He wanted to die,” says the source, who says the suicide theory is supported by the pills and other evidence. “He was going unconscious when he took the last one. He didn’t even swallow it.”
In addition to the OxyContin, the source says, authorities who entered Goldstein’s New York apartment Aug. 28 found a Valentine’s Day card in the next room from Haley Wood. The pair had recently split. Dated Feb. 14, 2009, the card read, “Thank God you’re in my life. I love you.” Next to the card were six or seven photos of Wood and Goldstein.
“The card was lying on top of his laptops on the coffee table in the living room,” the source says.
Also, a mirror was propped against the outside of the apartment and another against the door of the bedroom, where Goldstein’s body was located in the bed, the source says. When the police, Goldstein’s manager and paramedics entered together, they pushed the first mirror to the side. When they entered the bedroom, the mirror propped against the door shattered. “They pushed it open and it broke,” the source says.
A crack pipe sat next to the body; when authorities moved the body, crack was found underneath, the source says. Goldstein, the source believes, “smoked a lot of crack, barricaded the doors and killed himself.”
AM was sober for 11 and a half years before his death and was known for his tireless commitment to helping fellow addicts. He even had a reality show coming out on MTV, “Gone Too Far,” in which he staged interventions for addicts, working with their families and loved ones to help them kick drugs. AM came up with the idea for the show on his own and successfully pitched it to MTV.
According to AM’s rumored ex, model Hayley Wood, 22, they weren’t broken up as reported, and she was still with him at the time. In a statement to US Magazine, Wood speaks of AM in the present and says that the rumors that they were split are untrue:
But in an exclusive statement to Usmagazine.com, Wood says: “Any indication that this horribly tragic accident happened because of a rumored breakup is not only untrue but disgusting. We were very much together at the time of his passing, and I love him very much.”
[From US Weekly]
Whether they were broken up or not, this has got to be devastating to Hayley and everyone who loved AM. It’s just sad. The NY Post claims that AM was spiraling out of control and using again and that his sober sponsor and manager both knew about it. AM was said to have been suffering severe anxiety after surviving that small plane crash last year in which four people perished. He was on painkillers for the burns he suffered and was taking anti-anxiety medication to combat his fear of flying, something he needed to do frequently for his job. He was said to have promised his sponsor and manager that he would go to rehab over the weekend after he performed his weekly gig at the Palms Casino on Friday. He never made it. The Palms dimmed out all but the “A” and “M” lights on their building on Friday in honor of AM.
AM’s friends are holding a memorial that will take place in the format of an open 12 step meeting. People has the details from the invitations, which say that it will be structured like an NA or AA meeting, “The format of the evening will be in the style of an open 12-step meeting. Adam’s friends both from his life in recovery, as well as those from other areas of his life are welcome. We ask only that everyone adhere to the tradition of anonymity and let what they hear there, and who they see there, stay there.” It seems a fitting tribute to a man who helped so many people in life. There are doubtless so many broken-hearted people wishing they could have stopped him before it was too late.
Photos are of the memorial outside AM’s NY apartment and of him throwing out the first pitch for the Mets on 8/23/09. Credit: WENN.com