Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein

DJ, Actor
A talented performer and popular personality, Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein survived a traumatic, abusive childhood but bore the emotional scars for the rest of his life. In rehab for most of his teenage years, Goldstein was ... Read more »
Born: 03/30/1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


Actor (5)

Electric Daisy Carnival Experience 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Gone Too Far 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


Iron Man 2 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


The 2005 Billboard Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)



A talented performer and popular personality, Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein survived a traumatic, abusive childhood but bore the emotional scars for the rest of his life. In rehab for most of his teenage years, Goldstein was plagued by obesity and drug addiction and he attempted suicide at 24. Fortunately, he was turned his life around by attaining sobriety, as well as undergoing gastric bypass surgery, all the while perfecting his world-class skills as a DJ - all of which buoyed him through his darkest times. Rising through the ranks to become Hollywood's hottest DJ, Goldstein was briefly a member of the band Crazy Town, who hit No. 1 with "Butterfly," and was engaged for a year to Nicole Richie before being linked romantically to actress-singer Mandy Moore. Appearing on multiple reality shows and albums, Goldstein became a one-man branding empire, with shoes, clubs and cell phones bearing his name and logo. Along with buddy and TRVSDJAM bandmate Travis Barker, Goldstein survived a plane crash in 2008, but was found dead little more than a year later on Aug. 28, 2009 from an accidental overdose. His last project, the intervention reality show "Gone Too Far" (MTV, 2009) aired as a tribute to his honesty and courage in facing addiction. A sensitive soul who faced considerable lifelong struggles, Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein left behind a legacy of music and much love, evident in the glowing tributes and memorials from fans and friends who had been touched by his gifts, strength and spirit.


Andrea Gross

Left husband and moved to Los Angeles with Adam and his sister

Lara Long

Died May 9, 2011 after a four month battle with colon cancer

Mandy Moore Actor

Dated for several months in 2007 Split 2008 but remained good friends Moore rushed to Goldstein's side after his September 2008 plane crash; he passed away a year later Aug. 28, 2009

Nicole Richie Actor

Dated from 2003-2005, and broke up after a nine-month engagement



Made a cameo appearance in "Iron Man 2"; film was released posthumously and was dedicated to him


Became Rain Nightclub's regular Friday night DJ in Las Vegas


Appeared as himself in the "What About Bob?" episode of "Entourage" (HBO)


Appeared as himself on the third season of "The Simple Life" (FOX)


Appeared on an episode of MTV's "Punk'd" where his former fiance, Nicole Richie, was the subject of a practical joke


Became an in demand DJ, after Melissa Etheridge introduced him to DJ her 40th Birthday party


Was a member of the rock group Crazytown

Signed a record deal with Interscope

Partnered with Travis Barker (Blink 182) to perform about once a month at sponsored events, clubs and concerts

Bonus Trivia


Goldstein was found dead at his New York City apartment on Aug. 28, 2009. reported DJ AM had not been seen or heard from for a few days. His death was later ruled an accidental overdose. The toxicology report would show Goldstein had in his system, cocaine, OxyContin, Hydrocodone (Vicodin), the antianxiety drugs Xanax and Ativan, Klonopin, Benadryl, and Levamisole, a drug used to cut cocaine. The medical examiner’s office would not release the dosage but ruled the cause of death as "acute intoxication due to the combined effects of the drugs."


Goldstein struggled with drug addiction until he became sober in 1999.


Goldstein underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2003.


Goldstein, and Travis Barker from Blink 182, were critically injured in a plane crash on Sept. 19, 2008 in Columbia, SC. The plane's four other passengers were killed. Goldstein suffered burns on his hands and part of his head and was released from the hospital on Sept. 26, 2008.


In December 2008, Goldstein filed a civil lawsuit against the plane's charter company, Learjet and Goodyear tires; the suit claims negligence on the part of the pilots and a manufacturing defect on the part of the plane. Goldstein was asking for damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement and loss of earnings.


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