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DJ AM found dead in a New York apartment [Updated]

August 28, 2009 |  5:56 pm

Adamgoldstein The celebrity disc jockey and Los Angeles club owner known as DJ AM was found dead in a New York apartment Friday afternoon, his publicist Jenni Weinman said in a statement.

“The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear. Out of respect for his family and loved ones, please respect their privacy at this time,” the statement said.

Adam Goldstein, 36, was famous as a jet-set DJ who spun records at some of the world’s most exclusive parties and grabbed tabloid headlines for dating Nicole Richie.

His death comes nearly a year after Goldstein survived a Learjet crash in South Carolina that claimed the lives of two other passengers and left the DJ covered with second- and third-degree burns. 

Goldstein had been in New York to throw the first pitch at a Mets game on Aug. 23. Last month, the DJ had announced he would participate in a new reality TV show, an eight-episode series for MTV called “Gone Too Far."

[Updated at 9:14 p.m.: In the docu-style series, which is scheduled to premiere on Oct. 5, Goldstein helps the loved ones of addicts stage interventions for them. Goldstein spoke frankly of his battles with addiction and obesity and his personal need to pay forward the fact that his life has been spared twice. The first time happened 11 years ago at a low point in his crack addiction when a gun jammed as he tried to kill himself. Then last year, he survived the plane crash.

"There's no reason why I should have lived or why I lived and they didn't," Goldstein said in a July news conference, discussing the plane crash that occurred the previous September. "I'm never gonna know. But I am alive and I'm here and I have to do something better with my life now."

On Friday night, MTV issued the following statement:

"Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein’s death is an incredible loss to the music community, his friends, family and his fans, and those of us who had the privilege of working with him.  MTV was honored to support him as he helped young people battle their own addictions. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to his family."]

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Photo credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press