Police broke into Goldstein’s home on Lafayette Street in Lower Manhattan at 5.20pm on Friday evening (28Aug09). Initial reports suggested police were alerted by a concerned friend who had been unable to reach him for several days.
According to the New York Daily News, Burns – best known for his role in 2004 film Garden State – showed up to meet the star at his apartment before the pair’s flight to Las Vegas, where Goldstein was due to play at The Palms Casino Resort on Friday.
Burns reportedly alerted the building’s superintendent to unlatch the door after Goldstein failed to answer, prompting the emergency call.
The cause of Goldstein’s death remains inconclusive after officials completed an initial autopsy on Saturday (29Aug09). Additional toxicology tests, which are expected to take weeks, are needed to determine what killed the beatmaker.
The medical examiner is cooperating with the New York City Police Department in an official investigation, amid reports Goldstein, 36, was found with drug paraphernalia in his home.
His death comes just a year after he survived a plane crash with friend and collaborator Travis Barker, the drummer for Blink-182.