DJ AM Autopsy Complete; No Cause of Death Yet

Toxicology tests still need to be done on the popular DJ, who was found dead in his apartment Friday.

Last Updated: August 30, 2009 @ 10:52 AM

The autopsy of DJ AM has been completed, but there has been no determination yet on the cause of death, according to several reports.

As in the case of Michael Jackson, toxicology and other tests need to be done, and those could take several weeks to complete.

The popular DJ and former fiancé of Nicole Richie was found dead Friday afternoon in his Manhattan apartment. He was 36.

 
Police said drug paraphernalia was found at the scene, and the New York Daily News has reported that he was lying face-down on his bed with a half-empty bag of crack cocaine stuck to his chest
 
AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, had not been seen by friends since he threw the first pitch out at the Mets game Sunday at Citi Field. Policebroke into his apartment when called by a concerned friend who got no answer when he knocked on Goldstein’s door.
 
Goldstein last updated his Twitter account on Tuesday, quoting the Grandmaster Flash lyrics: "New york, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems."
 
Just last September, Goldstein and former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker were critically injured but survived a fiery Learjet crash in South Carolina that killed four people.
 
The plane hurtled off the end of a runway, crashing through antennas and a fence before coming to a stop and becoming engulfed in flames. Goldstein was treated for severe burns.
 
In March, he filed a suit against Learjet and others seeking a minimum of $10 million for medical damages, lost earnings and profits as well as an additional $10 million for mental and physical pain and suffering. 
 
Goldstein last year revealed that he was abused by his father and later became addicted to drugs and attempted suicide. He said he then attended recovery meetings and had been sober for about a decade.
 
He started freebasing cocaine when he was 20 years old, he told Glamour magazine in Jan. 2008.
 
"For the next four years, that’s about all I did — with the exception of deejaying, which I’d been obsessed with ever since I saw Herbie Hancock do the song ‘Rockit’ at the Grammy Awards," he told the magazine.
 
In April, he announced he was pairing up with MTV for a series called "Gone Too Far" that would chronicle tough-love interventions for teens who were chemically dependent. He was going to be involved in the intervention process, which would be spearheaded by an addiction specialist. 
 
The eight-episode series was set to premiere on Monday, Oct. 5.
 
Golstein co-owned the Las Vegas nightclub Rain, where he had a regular residency. He was set to play himself in "Iron Man 2."
 
Born in Philadelphia in March 1973, the musician adopted the moniker DJ AM after moving to Los Angeles during his teenage years and discovering the only hip-hop radio station he liked was KDAY 1580 AM.

While he had grown up beatboxing — in part because he liked to do so and in part because it kept neighbors from picking on him (“My lips would be blue [from beat boxing], but my face not black and blue.”) — he only began DJing seriously in 1991.

As soon as he did, he found it obsessed him. By 1994, he’d purchased his own turntables and would work at the L.A. club After Hours making $40 per night. He described the place as “an illegal club that sold liquor and cocaine.”

Trolling the place one night, a promoter liked what he heard and offered Goldstein a job at Hollywood’s “The Dragonfly,” thereby cementing his rise.