Shortly after word came that DJ AM (born Adam Goldstein) and former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker miraculously escaped a deadly plane crash on Friday in Columbia, South Carolina, fans began to react to the news.
As information on the accident trickled in Saturday morning, the MTV News site was quickly flooded with comments from well-wishers who, like the rest of us, were anxious for updates about the musicians' conditions and the identity of the four people killed in the crash. (Doctors now say they expect Barker and AM to make a full recovery.)
"When I heard this on the news, I started to cry," xxMExx wrote. "I am glad they are going to recover. Everyone else on that plane that died can rest in peace."
(We invite you to upload your comments and video reactions, as well as your personal pictures of DJ AM and Travis Barker, at YouRHere.MTV.com.)
A user identified as ih8clowns said that the news "hurts my heart," adding that Barker and AM "seem like such down-to-earth guys, and I love how enthusiastic they are about their music. My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families. I'm sure it will be a tough road ahead but I feel that they will pull through. Hang in there and try to stay strong, guys."
Several fans, like Chavell, said their first reaction was to pray for those who were killed in the crash, as well as those who'd survived it. "When it's not your time to go, you're not going anywhere," Chavell wrote. "And I pray that DJ AM and Travis make a speedy recovery."
While some fans were in despair, others offered comforting words. "I live right outside of Augusta, Georgia, and while I am very upset this had to happen, it couldn't have happened in a better place," fireaway_sara said. "Our burn center is voted the best burn unit in the Southeast, so they are in the best hands."
Understandably, many fans were still shocked by the story. "I couldn't believe it at first," wrote DJ Stephan, who said he was at a gig when he heard the news. "I thought this girl was joking. Then she convinced me that it was true, and my heart sank. Having been a drummer for a long time, Travis has been one of my influences in music. My heart goes out to all the family members who lost a loved one, to Travis and DJ AM for the loss of their friends and hope for speedy recovery for Travis and DJ AM. I think that they really had someone watching over them, considering how many artists haven't made it out alive in a plane crash."
"I didn't actually believe that this happened when I heard about it, because I heard about it from my mom who doesn't understand who is in what band or anything," xverse wrote. "She told me that Blink-182 was in a plane crash, and I was like, 'That is impossible. Why would Blink be in the same plane at the same time?' Then I looked it up on here and saw it was Travis and his friends, and it blew my mind. I'm so glad he didn't die. If he did, it would have been a huge blow to everyone. That's how much of a badass Travis is — an 'effin plane is going to crash and he hops out of the thing to survive."
While several fans commented on Barker and AM's harrowing escape, others suspected a higher power may have intervened. SnookyandJosh wrote: "This is a tragedy beyond words. Both DJ AM and Travis have an angel protecting them. Both men are truly blessed. I literally stopped in my tracks when I heard it on the news. It is tragic that not everyone was fortunate enough to survive. It just goes to show that life can throw anything at you when it feels like it."
Others sent messages specifically for the families involved. "I know you're aware of all of us praying, family, friends and the fans, who don't even know personally anyone involved," Elyse wrote. "I hope it helps and makes you proud to see how much your family affected and influenced the people who just heard of them, or watched them on TV."
On Monday, Barker's ex-wife, Shanna Moakler, issued a statement thanking everyone for the "outpouring of love and support we have received during this very difficult time." Several fans left messages for Barker's assistant Chris Baker, one of the victims in the crash. Baker had appeared on MTV's reality show "Meet the Barkers" and is survived by his wife and a 2-year-old son.
"I would like to say a personal prayer to Chris Baker's wife and child," themomof3 said. "May you have your memories and may [they] remind you of the love you and Chris shared in his short life and within your marriage."
Tone Fox said he'd met Baker once and thanked him "for being so humble and loving. It was a pleasure to shake your hand. You touched us all. A man of his word and full of life. ... We love you and will see you soon."
(Travis Barker and DJ AM were, of course, the house band for the VMAs earlier this month. Check out these interviews with them, which were conducted by John Norris shortly after the show.)
If you'd like more information on the memorial funds set up to benefit Chris Baker's and Charles Still's families, visit the Famous Stars and Straps Web site.