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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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Enough about this guy already!

1881 days ago


. Another dead liberal... good riddance.

Posted at 6:31AM on Aug 31st 2009 by Rob

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Rob, this world would be a better place without right-wing extremists like you. Eff you, you sad excuse of a human being.

1881 days ago


I don't see crack cocaine as an accident. How do we know he had actually recovered.

Why all this soft peddling for a basic nobody, yet a lot of trashing of the very talented Michael Jackson who had real medical ailments and stress from the constgant harassment by the media. He overcame his painkiller addiction. Where's the positive spin and sympathy for Michael, TMZ?

Oh yeah, that's right, this DI is White. Always a double standard.

1881 days ago

S D M F    

Still a loser none the less!


1881 days ago

Zippy T. Pinhead    

OK, Basically what they are saying is a cRAcK hEAd died!

1881 days ago

Sask man    

This story is RIDICULOUS!!!!!!! and the fact that you folks will give it the time of day is even worse..This person was a piece of human trash. There has not been a bigger story of wasting your fame and being a drain on society than this loser. And as for Travis Barker saying how hard it would be to go on, and ALL of that B.S. all of these so called people saying how special and wonderful he was, maybe should have taken some time and HELPED HIM..If you are someones friend you WILL NOTICE drug use, and if not ......YOU ARE NOT A REAL FRIEND. This clown survived a PLANE CRASH how much more of a second chance at life do you need, the boo hoo story of being an addict is just a cop out.....glad to see him gone. One more episode of cribs I dont have to sit through.

1881 days ago


if he had a "fear of flying" why didn't he get therapy instead of drugs, knowing his past drug problems?

1881 days ago


Why does the lighter nation-Asking to be given Propofol in your home isn't actually an "accident" either. Truth is both of these men(MJ & DJ) were addicts. Just because MJ died "at the hands of another" & Murray was infusing the Propofol doesn't mean MJ didn't ask him to do it. And neither of them were "nobody's". Are you "just a nobody". Everybody is somebody & all of us have people who love us & they would be grief-stricken if we died. Every life counts for something. Just because MJ was a "superstar" doesn't make his life any more valuable. This is sad, just like MJ's passing was sad & none of this has to do with what color they were. Give it a rest.

1881 days ago

:what ev errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr    

The Final Destination............hmmm, makes you wonder.

1881 days ago


How does law enforcement come up with accidental overdose, over suicide? How do they know that he didn't have death in mind when he was self medicating? He has claimed to have attempted suicide in the past. Many times, suicide is not thought out or planned, and there are often no indicators that it will happen. How do they know that this had nothing to do with his recent breakup? It isn't like they could read his mind. Just wondering how they come to conclusions in these sorts of things.

1881 days ago


balls your most inspired piece so far has been "balls alfredo", I nearly spit out my coffe over that one! Thanks for the laugh but seriously, nothing better to do??

1881 days ago


Good god. I hope the doctors get prosecuted for giving him the benzos. Excuses, excuses... he couldn't be a man and deal with his problems, he had to use pills and now he is dead. He had a life of luxury and threw it all away.

1881 days ago


Bren- In an earlier story they mentioned bottles of pills in the kitchen. I'm guessing that was the Xanax bottle & whatever else he may have taken besides doing the crack. My theory is they looked at when the scripts were filled & estimate how many he may have taken. Combine that with interviewing people who knew him to see if he expressed any "desire to die/commit suicide" & whether he left a note or not. I don't know how else you could reasonably determine whether a death was a suicide or not. Your right though seems too soon to tell without having the toxicology report. I guess this is just a preliminary "conslusion" based on evidence at the scene I would think. Not to mention the fact that they tend to tread lightly in ruling anyone with any "celebrity" tied to their name as an official suicide. That's "Hollywood"!!!

1881 days ago


Dr. Feelgood--

Benzos are actually quite risky to give recovering addicts. Docs give them in detox to reduce seizures that are common in alcohol withdrawal. This is acceptable due to the higher benefit vs. risk and the fact that the person is in a residential facility.

Competent docs usually don't give benzos to individuals for long periods of time (unless in extreme situations), let alone recovering addicts. Benzo dependence is extremely serious and can require in-patient detox due to the risk of seizures just like alcohol or opiates.

Your statement is like saying just because they give methadone to treat opiate addiction, that it's not risky to give addicts. That's an obvious fallacy.

1881 days ago


Accidental overdose??? Who doesn't know that drugs will kill you? When you put a loaded gun to your head with one bullet in it..sooner or later, the bullet is going to find it's mark.

1881 days ago
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