Just over 24 hours after [artist id="1562979"]DJ AM[/artist] was found dead by police at his New York apartment, his friend and collaborator, Blink-182 drummer [artist id="1526529"]Travis Barker[/artist], commented on his death via Twitter.
Barker, currently on tour with Blink, issued a series of tweets that read:
"Don't know how i am gonna play 2night but i am for AM. My brother is gone.i love u and miss u, i'll never forget all the good times we had. ...
"I'll never forget everything we've been thru and every time i play the drums i'll think of you. U were an amazing friend/DJ/human being. ...
"Rest In Peace my brother, this really f---s me up."
The pair, of course, performed together as TRV$DJAM in an unusual but highly effective DJ/drummer format, and were the house band at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, performing with Katy Perry, LL Cool J and Lupe Fiasco. Just weeks later, the two were the sole survivors of a fiery plane crash in South Carolina that killed four; Barker and AM (real name: Adam Goldstein) were returning to Los Angeles after a show.
Both were seriously injured in the crash but recovered, and made their first post-accident performance at the Lot in Los Angeles this past New Year's Eve.
In 2005, the pair told MTV News how they first got together. "Travis actually hit me up ... and was like, 'I dig what you do, I saw this drummer with a DJ [performing], and let's get down and try it out and try to make something funky;' " AM said.
"It's crazy, I saw [that performance] in a jazz club, [it was] like, mellow playing hip-hop stuff with a DJ," Barker recalled. "And I said, 'I'm gonna find the best DJ and do this right.' "