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DJ AM's Death -- Not a Suicide

8/31/2009 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

DJ AMLaw enforcement sources directly connected with the death of DJ AM tell us that his death was the result of an accidental overdose and not a suicide -- and there is a tragic, ironic twist of fate.

Our sources say DJ AM, a recovering addict, developed a dependency to Xanax and other benzodiazepines (a group of drugs used to treat anxiety) as a direct result of the plane crash a year ago. We're told AM (aka Adam Goldstein) developed a tremendous anxiety over flying -- something he had to do frequently for his job.

We're told doctors began prescribing Xanax and other anti-anxiety medications to relieve his fear, but the benzos triggered a relapse into addiction. We're told benzos are particularly dicey for recovering addicts.

Our sources say DJ AM's relapse was "recent" -- he was not abusing for a prolonged period of time before his death.

We're also told the OD had "absolutely nothing to do with his recent breakup."

Our sources say the evidence strongly indicates cause of death will be a combination of crack cocaine and benzos.


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1825 days ago
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Simone    

Third!!!!!!!

1825 days ago
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Nicole    

Ooooooops.

1825 days ago
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Carlee    

RIP... The entire situation is extreamly heartbreaking. He had a drug problem and he worked hard and beat it. Then things he had control over made him "use' again. Please pray for his family and friends. Travis please get help to get thru this.....Again RIP DJ AM.............

1825 days ago
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Paparazzo@frog.cc    

A bit like the Heath Ledger incident. A deadly combo of street and prescription drugs.

1825 days ago
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abseaz    

UH-OH
:@

cbuz.com/tmz

1825 days ago
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Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

Say hi to Jacko, Jenkins and Kennedy.

1825 days ago
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Raven    

Just so sad. Makes me wonder if doing the MTV show was just too much. Maybe they shouldn't show it now.....but in a way maybe they should,as a wake-up call as to what an addict lives everyday & how it can just grab hold & take their life.So sad but I guess it's better it wasn't an intentional suicide.It was asuicide tho,he killed himself,took that chance,knew that could happen,etc. :-( RIP

1825 days ago
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Nicole    

abseaz you suck with that link. here, want some of the left over crack they found in DJ AM's place? You could use a visit from Death...errrr...TMZ.

1825 days ago
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mimi    

damn doctors prescribing this ish to Michael and AM

1825 days ago
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Hugh Jass    

What a bunch of nonsense. Alprazolam (Xanax) has a relatively short half-life, is used for anxiety and can "potentiate" (rev up) the effects of alcohol. But crack is cocaine and cocaine can stop one's heart all by itself. " Caveat Crackhead Emptor." For heaven's sake, Harvey, "dicey for recovering addicts"? They GIVE a benzodiazepine (Ativan) to drunks starting alcohol detox & rehab in most recovry centers like Promises, Betty Ford, Century City Hospital. Your sources must have been on LSD!

1825 days ago
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Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

Or maybe tar heroin.

1825 days ago
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Killing me    

NOTHING ACCIDENTAL ABOUT SMOKING CRACK ! THIS IS JUST A PR THING TO POST. STILL A CRACKHEAD.

1825 days ago
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Serra    

More of this stuff? Geeze.

1825 days ago
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M    

And what source insists that his OD had nothing to do with his break up? Sure it may have been an accidental OD but his hurt over the break up may have led to him do more drugs..no one knows but the man himself and he's not here to say....so best not to speculate TMZ or 'sources'

1825 days ago
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