DJ AM dies days after he “wrapped filming” on MTV intervention series Gone Too Far

Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM, was found dead today in New York, less than a year after surviving a plane crash. Goldstein “was found in his apartment at around 5:20 PM” and “drug paraphernalia was found at the scene,” TMZ reports. That was confirmed by NBC New York, which reported that “police sources said investigators are looking into the possibility of a drug overdose.”

DJ AM is the host of an upcoming intervention MTV reality series called Gone Too Far, and on Tuesday, he wrote on Twitter, “Just wrapped filming GTF in CT,” although it’s not clear if that was an episode or the entire series. He later posted a line from a Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five song: “New york, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems.”

The intervention reality show is scheduled to debut on MTV Oct. 5, and in a press release announcing the show, DJ AM said, “I struggled for years as a drug addict and was fortunate to get help when I asked for it. I have managed to live a clean and sober life, something that takes work and something that I pride myself on. Gone Too Far’ is my platform to help people, like I was helped by giving back in a way. … We wanted to show how real it gets and what can happen if you don’t get help.”

Promoting the show in Los Angeles earlier this summer, Adam Goldstein told TV critics, “I’ve been a recovering addict for 11 years, and the only way I view sobriety: The only way I can keep it is if I give it away.” He also said that surviving the plane crash, which killed other passengers, is “something that I struggle with every day, you know, kind of wondering. But I’ve just realized I’m never really going to know. I’m alive, and I’m here, and I have another chance. So I have to do something better with my life this time.”

DJ AM Dies [TMZ]
DJ AM Found Dead in Manhattan [NBC New York]

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