Fittingly, the private memorial for [artist id="1562979"]DJ AM[/artist] (born Adam Goldstein) scheduled for Thursday night in Los Angeles will take place in the kind of nightclub the celebrity DJ regularly rocked. AM died on Friday at the age 36 in New York of an apparent drug overdose.
According to an invitation, the memorial will unfold at 7 p.m. at the Hollywood Palladium, the very venue where AM played alongside admirer Jay-Z in October, his first show after surviving a fiery plane crash last year. The event is described as “a gathering to celebrate the life of our friend Adam Goldstein.”
The memorial will pay tribute to AM’s struggle with addiction, with a format that will be in the style of an open 12-step meeting. At the time of his death, AM was wrapping work on the MTV series “Gone Too Far,” in which the DJ, who had 11 years of sobriety under his belt, worked to help other addicts overcome their addictions. The network has not yet announced plans for the show.
“Adam’s friends both from his life in recovery, as well as those from other areas of his life are welcome,” the invite explains. “We ask only that everyone adhere to the tradition of anonymity and let what they hear there, and who they see there, stay there.”
While the New York coroner’s office has not yet determined AM’s cause of death pending further toxicology tests, it has been reported that he had struggled with a crippling fear of flying following last year’s crash and that he may have become reliant on the anti-anxiety medication he took to overcome that fear. Addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky has also speculated that pain medications AM was taking to treat his injuries might have led to a relapse.
Speculation has also surfaced about whether AM was distraught over a reported recent breakup with girlfriend Hayley Wood , but the model denied on Tuesday that the couple had split.
AM’s family has asked fans to not send flowers in his honor, but to donate to two of his favorite charities. A note posted on the DJ’s MySpace page explains, “We appreciate the kind words and support for Adam over the past few days. Due to your inquiries, in lieu of flowers, AM’s family would like to suggest making donations to the following charitable organizations: National MS Society, Southern California Chapter, or Friendly House. The latter is a drug-treatment center for women, and a representative told TMZ that AM was a supporter of Friendly House and would show up at its luncheons.