Less than 24 hours after police found DJ AM (real name: Adam Goldstein) dead in his New York apartment , the Medical Examiner’s office announced that an autopsy on the DJ’s body failed to determine a cause of death.
“The cause of death was inconclusive because we need to do additional testing,” New York City Medical Examiner spokesperson Ellen Borakove told People.com on Saturday (August 29). “The testing would include toxicology and tissue testing. We don’t expect any results for several weeks.”
Borakove declined to comment further on the case.
“It’s under investigation and when the investigation is complete we will have a cause of death and a manner of death,” she said, adding that office is investigating the death in cooperation with the New York City Police Department. Reps for the office had not responded to MTV News’ requests for comment at press time.
Citing anonymous police and other sources, many media reports claim that Goldstein was found with prescription medication bottles and/ or drug-smoking paraphernalia near his body.
AM had a history of drug abuse but recently said he had been clean for 11 years. Before his death, Goldstein had filmed a substance-abuse intervention show with MTV called “Gone Too Far” that aimed to warn young people about the perils of drug abuse. The show was scheduled to premiere in October.
Goldstein had openly discussed his former heavy drug and alcohol use in his last interview with MTV News a month ago. He was said to be distraught over a recent break-up with American Apparel model Hayley Wood. TMZ reported that a woman believe to be Wood was seen at AM’s apartment on Friday night and appeared “visibly shaken” as she ran from the building to a waiting taxi.
Goldstein’s death came near a year after he and frequent musical partner Travis Barker of Blink-182 survived a fiery Learjet crash in South Carolina that killed the other four people on board.
A hugely popular celebrity DJ, AM was honored on Friday night at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas , where a moment of silence was observed at the Rain nightclub where he had a weekly gig, as well as on Twitter by a number of friends such as Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan, Perez Hilton and Ryan Seacrest. MTV News’ Sway Calloway also paid tribute to AM , calling the mixmaster someone who was “really respected, somebody who revolutionized music culture.”