Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein
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.