Adam Goldstein — DJ AM to most of the world — was found dead in his New York apartment on Friday. We at MTV News were shocked by this sudden and tragic news.
We knew DJ AM as a sneakerhead, a VMA performer and a miraculous survivor. He was a tremendously versatile musician and performer who first hit the scene as a member of Crazy Town (remember "Butterfly"?) and who would go on to collaborate with the likes of Jay-Z, Madonna and Will Smith. His tag-team with Blink-182's Travis Barker helped to once again blur the lines between dance music, hip-hop and rock. And he became a superstar for being the the top party DJ for A-list Hollywood stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson and Ashton Kutcher.
What many people didn't know is that AM was also a former hardcore drug user, having used crack for six years. In advance of his new MTV series "Gone Too Far," MTV News producer Matt Elias sat down with Goldstein to talk about his addiction, recovery and his efforts to help other addicts. That interview — his last with MTV News — happened to be close at hand when the news of his death broke.