Pregnant Nicole Richie is distraught, near collapse in wake of DJ AM’s death

Nicole Richie’s second baby is due any day now, and her family and friends are worried that her health has taken a serious blow. Nicole was left devastated by her ex-boyfriend Adam Goldstein/DJ AM’s death on Friday. Star Magazine claims that Nicole “almost collapsed in grief” when she was told the news, and that she “felt like her heart stopped for a few minutes.” According to Star’s sources, Nic’s doctor made a house call to check on her, that’s how fearful people were about her health. Star also claims (I think accurately) and Nicole and Adam had shared a joint commitment to beat their addiction while together, and that Nic is devastated at the thought that she didn’t do enough to “reach out” to him.

The National Enquirer has a much more hardcore version of this story too – but they’re making it about how Joel Madden and Nicole got into some huge fight about Adam. They claim Joel interrogated Nic about whether she was still in love with Adam, and that Nicole was so distraught she almost went into premature labor:

Ex-love Nicole Richie crushed by death and autopsy results which suggest suicide.

Pregnant Nicole Richie was devastated after her ex-fiance DJ AM’s sudden death, and her meltdown caused a huge blowup between her and current fiance Joel Madden.

The former Simple Life star took the news of his death so hard that her pals feared she was going into premature labor. The body of DJ AM – aka Adam Goldstein – was found in his pricey SoHo loft apartment on Aug. 28.

The two dated for two years before splitting up in 2006 and remained friends. But her emotional reaction after he died made Joel wonder if Nicole had been hiding deep feelings for Adam, said a source.

“It ended up in a big fight, with Joel demanding, ‘Were you still in love with him?’

“Nicole was angry that Joel would even ask that – during her time of grief – AND when she was so close to giving birth!”

Nicole, who has a 19-month-old daughter, Harlow with Joel, was more than eight months into her second pregnancy when she learned the tragic news.

“She broke down, cried uncontrollably and thought that she was having contractions,” said the source. “She was devastated to think that Adam’s life came to such a terrible end after his years struggling to stay sober.

“She was crushed.”

Police at the scene of Adam’s death found a half-empty bag of crack and a glass crack pipe near his body. They also found more than a dozen bottles of prescription medicine including the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and the painkiller Vicodin in the kitchen. Undigested Oxycontin pills were found in his stomach and a still undissolved tab lingered in his mouth, the autopsy reported, suggesting suicide from painkillers OD.

A former crack addict, Adam appeared to have turned his life around and claimed to have been sober for more than a decade. His close pals now blame his deadly relapse on the pain medication he was prescribed after being injured in a plane crash with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker last September.

Despite being badly hurt, sources say Adam was able to pull a severely burned Travis from the wreckage. The remaining four people aboard the plane perished.

“It appears he was having a real tough time dealing with the physical pain and stress from the crash and got addicted to the painkillers he was on,” a police source told The ENQUIRER.

Learning that Adam died of an apparent overdose made his death even more painful for Nicole. A former drug user herself, she has been clean for more than two years – thanks to the love and support of Joel. Nicole’s publicist denied that Goldstein’s death caused any problems between her and Joel.

[From the National Enquirer]

Well… my guess is that Nicole was probably very distraught with Adam’s death, and I think there could be a possibility Joel Madden wondered to himself whether Nicole still had feelings for Adam. But I don’t see them getting into some kind of screaming fight about it. I sometimes think Joel gives off a whiff of douche, but I don’t see him as the kind of guy who, when hearing about a tragic death of someone the pregnant mother of his children once loved, would get into a huge, narcissistic fight making it all about him.

Nicole Richie is shown at the launch of her maternity clothing line for Pea in a Pod, “Nicole,” on 8/6/09. She’s also shown out with AM in file photos taken in 2004 and 2005. Credit: Fame Pictures

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  1. Firestarter says:

    Please, she was just upset at the death of a fomer flame and friend. If she was still in love with Adam, I doubt she would be popping out babies with Madden.

  2. dawlface says:

    In every picture of Nicole & DJ AM it was very apparent that they were truly crazy about each other. Their affection for one another seemed the most honest of all hollywood couples. I remember watching punkd when DJ AM punk’d her and after that they were my favorite couple. My heart goes out to her right now. I can’t imagine how broken she must be.

  3. Tia C says:

    I just have to say she is a bangin’ pregnant lady! Wow, she is looking hot! And I’m not one that cares too much for pregnant women showing off their bellies, normally I really couldn’t care less. But she looks fantastic. Go Nicole!

  4. Kimberly says:

    I always wondered how she would’ve taken to the devastating news given their past together . it’s gotta be surreal and tough .

  5. Ruby Red Lips says:

    Poor thing, so awful to hear when she’s due…stress is not good for a mum to be. I feel for her and hope she is all ok

  6. atticus says:

    I never got any kind of whiff of douche off Joel Madden, he seems like a low key, nice guy. I wouldn’t doubt the part about Nicole being devastated over AM’s death but I don’t believe the screaming fight scenario at all.

  7. Sassy says:

    There are just some people from our past that no matter what we go through or who we’re with, we will always love them and try to be there for them. Maybe DJ AM was that for Nicole. I know how she feels, I had someone pass that was an ex of mine.

  8. Katyusha says:

    That main picture speaks volumes (at the time).

  9. ! says:

    I really don’t think he’d blow up on her at a time like this, doubts or no. I’m surprised she didn’t go into labor.

  10. Canadian Fan says:

    Sadly, I can kind of relate to the kind of grief. 6 weeks after the birth of my oldest son (now 8 years old), I found out that I lost a good friend under similar circumstances to DJ AM.
    Sadly, my now ex husband and his family were very douchetastic about it all, telling me to “suck it up and move on”.
    Then again, that bunch were an abusive lot who couldn’t see anything except what was going on in their own twisted little world. *sigh*

  11. gigi says:

    I REALLY REALLY REALLY DOUBT they had a fight. Yes, Joel asked himself the question but I don’t think he would say it out loud.

    Second, if I remember correctly Friday, her being on bed rest or going on premature labor had NOTHING to do with Adam’s death.

    If I remember, the concert Joel was supposed to do was canceled hours before Dj am’s death was announced. That is what sparked the premature labor rumors.

    I have to admit, Adam’s death probably (definitely) aggravated the situation.

  12. gigi says:

    But really hope for his sake that Joel didn’t think out loud cause first she’s emotional pregnant wreck. Second, a couple of weeks from now, she’s going to give him hell for saying that.

  13. Cinderella says:

    The news had to be very distressing for her. Not good when she’s this close to giving birth.

    I agree she probably wonders what she could have done to help him since the crash. She’s been so busy with family and business that she apparently couldn’t be there for him. The guilt must be overwhelming, although she shouldn’t feel that way.

    Those old pictures of them were very heartwarming.

  14. ursaline says:

    When I was 8 months pregnant with each of my sons, almost anything could set me off just from all of the fatigue, soreness and crazy baby hormones stirring around. She probably did react very emotionally, because she cared about him and then it got amplified by the pregnancy stress. And if Joel was not aware of it in that perspective, then he could easily think she was that emotional because she was hiding something or “acting weird”, as my husband eloquently describes it. Hopefully he took all things into account and is supporting her when she really needs him.

  15. mollination says:

    i loved nicole and adam together. this is a sad story. 🙁

  16. cara says:

    why’d those two break up?

  17. Prissa says:

    Off topic – Wow, I’d almost forgot what Nicole looked like when she was heavier. She looks so much better now.

  18. Bill Hicks is God says:

    That header pic makes kittens in a basket of yarn look like satanic minions.

  19. Sol says:

    They made a lovely couple and of course she was deeply affected.When i heard the news i wa shocked and the first person I thought of was on Nicole’s reaction.
    She was going to marry him ,it was a serious relationship,so its natural that she would feel devastated,especially being pregnant.Joel should show what a man is made of and just be by her side,confort her and ask nothing.

  20. asiont says:

    wow they looked so happy together

  21. jeannified says:

    They broke up because Adam wasn’t ready to get married. I DO believe that Nicole was still in love with him, even if maybe she thought that she had moved on, internally. Of course, it takes his death for her to show it. I have never thought that she was in love with Joel, like she was with Adam. I DO believe that she and Joel got in a big fight over it too, and he probably did ask her if she was stil in love with Adam. Some people just do thata…even if you are 8 & 1/2 months pregnant! I don’t put anything beyond people!

  22. kelbear says:

    I must admit that this is the most heartwarming and saddest thing i have read on here.

    You can’t look at those pictures of them without smiling yet feeling sad on the inside. They really helped each other out when they were together and i remember when they both lost the weight together.

    Joel always knew there would be a special friendship between nic and adam so i highly doubt he started a fight with her.

  23. danielle says:

    The pictures of those two together – she was REALLY in love with Adam. Does she ever look like that in photos with Joel?

  24. gigi says:

    They used to and still do some rare times but after Harlow’s birth, they started this whole “let’s be stoic each time we go out/see a pap or let’s try to not be photographed too much together” thing. The second, she talked about it in her interview (don’t remember which on)

    Which is really weird in my opinion.

  25. gigi says:

    Just remembered Joel almost broke up with her because he thought she was too clingy. oh well

  26. ogechi says:

    i feel for her…i know what she is passing thru,was there myself..Death is a necessary end…we shall all go there but not prematurely..may the soul of DJ rest in peace…

  27. faith says:

    i feel fro u canadian fan…sounds like my family

  28. Vee says:

    Out of all the celebutards, Nicole was always my favorite.

  29. eternalcanadian says:

    People who support each otherm aka recovery buddies, through recovery from addiction share a bond and when a death is a result of relapsing from the recovery it can be difficult on the surviving recovery buddy. nicole definitely thought throught all the “what ifs”–if she had phoned him or sent him a text or whatever–he might still be alive, yeah. way to go joel for being an arse. say joel, if Jeannie Mai or Hilary Duff died like Adam did, you won’t get upset or anything?

  30. Aspie says:

    Poor Nicole. I hope she doesn’t blame herself for anything because it seemed that she did all that she could to help her friend out.

    They were such a cute couple. Very sad.

  31. Sick doctors says:

    The doctor made a house call? LOL.

    Sadly, no doctor would make a house call for a non “celebrity” patient.

    Doctors have become such fame hounds.

    How pathetic to go to med school and all that training just to be Nicole Richie’s lackey.

  32. jess says:

    just cause you break up with someone and start having a new relationship/kids ect does mean you stop caring for your ex.
    poor nicole, and she had the death of her godfather michael jackson.

  33. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “Sadly, no doctor would make a house call for a non “celebrity” patient.”

    not totally true.

    I work with doctors, and while a large lot of them are douchey pricks with god complexes, there are still a few good ones and yes, there are some who still make house calls.

  34. maritza says:

    Nicole looked much happier when she was with DJ than with Joel. She probably did love him more.

  35. Anoneemouse says:

    I remember when she and DJ were planning their wedding. It was during the time Nicole was doing that stupid reality show with Herpes Hilton. Herpes felt threatened and jealous so she went out and found herself Paris Latsis and then started competing with Nicole as to who would have the bigger wedding. I think DJ was overwhelmed and backed out because of that. So again, we can probably blame Herpes Hilton for the demise of that relationship.

  36. 4Real says:

    She’ll be fine, just a lotta hype. He had a current girlfriend who is also grieving anyway; why give Nicole all the attention?