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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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61.

Defender    

So me make excuses for DJ AM but not MJ?

http://michaelsdefense.wordpress.com

1825 days ago
62.

guinevere    

i don't have an issue with the "dicey" remark because Xanax happens to affect the same part of the brain that alcohol does.

it can get to be an issue when a recovering alcoholic is prescribed Xanax because it gives a very similar feeling to the feeling you get from having a few drinks. what i'm not sure of is if it affects the addiction center of the brain in the same way, but i'm sure it can.

1825 days ago
63.

janalal4    

"A"- Seems like half the planet takes Xanax. Sometimes I wonder if doctors are even aware of how dangerous these benzo's are; considering how the prescribe the hell out of them & then leave people on them for years. They weren't meant to be given that way but I think sometimes docs do things out of convenience for themselves because it's easier than listening to their patients bitch. Your right, you don't give these meds to addicts because it can trigger relapse. Then the addict reverts eventually back to their "drug of choice". Seems like this guy is a textbook example of that. Seems like what always takes us addicts out when we relapse is "mixology". We love to mix it up when it comes to drugs!

1825 days ago
64.

Yawn    

So, people knew that he had relapsed? In other words, he was doing a show to help addicts by telling them he had been sober for 11 years and he was going home and hitting the crack pipe? No way they can put that lying show on the air! This really is such a shame. Another life wasted to drugs. He went through something horrific with the plane crash but he could have been helped without drugs. His girlfriend probably couldn't take it anymore and that's why she left him.

1825 days ago
65.

jerseygirl707    

I love how everyone jumps on the docs, criticizing them. For starters-- doubt they were thinking- hey- go ahead and keep up the crack too. And maybe-- hhhmmm MAYBE-- the same doc had not been prescribing all these, or even a single drug for a length of time?? this guy flew all over the US and celebs rolling in dough prob don't have to rely on co-pays & insurance claims for docs or scrips- which eliminates in many cases the connecting of dots between states. Addict, or recovering addict who lapsed- he was playing russian roulette with a diff type of weapon.

1825 days ago
66.

Joseph    

Hey Miranda,

I do feel sorry for his family, it's sad when anybody dies of such young age .But DJ AM chose this lifestyle, have you ever heard of something called free will? There is a right/wrong, and he chose the wrong path. He had money, he got a second chance at life, and this is what he chose to do with his life (smoke crack).

There are so many people out there starving to death, because they can't afford to food. You want to see what pain, and struggling day to day is like. you go to Africa, Asia, and see what people go through everyday just to survive. Then, you can tell me that DJ AM was having such a horrible time because his girlfriend broke up with him, he needed crack to make him feel good. Please stop making excuses for him, he made his bed, and paid the ultimate price for it.

Just because it makes you feel good, doesn't mean you have to do it. DJ AM probably wasted thousands of dollars on drugs, he could have done some really good things with charity, instead he chose to buy crack, and all kinds of drugs with his money.

DJ AM WAS IT REALLY WORTH IT NOW, ( 10 MINUTES OF FEELING GOOD) now it cost you your life? you knew what you were doing was wrong, instead you look the other way. I do feel for your family, but I have zero sympathy for people who chooses to pump their body with drugs.

TMZ stop making excuses for him, he was a crack head, who died doing what he loved, smoking crack.

1825 days ago
67.

xxx    

nothing "accidental" about all these Hollywood overdoses on drugs, the only reason they don't rule them as suicide is so that their families can cash in on this big insurance policies!!

1825 days ago
68.

Mary    

What kind of doctor prescribes Benzos to an addict? All healthcare professionals know they're highly addictive and you NEVER give them to anyone recovering from anything. I guess it's the same kind of Dr that gave MJ Profol...

1825 days ago
69.

Diva    

I love how everyone jumps on the docs, criticizing them.

I've worked for Drs for over twenty years and seen it firsthand, Jerseygirl. The last physician I worked for was an addiction specialist, in personal bankruptcy. He was being paid by a big pharmaceutical company to go around and tout a new ADHD drug, got paid big bucks for it. He also prescribed a lot of Xanax to opiate addicts. Yes, Xanax can be used for detox, but this guy just was out for the money, it made me sick.

1825 days ago
70.

janalal4    

Yeah Joseph, this is called being an ADDICT. The compulsion to use is stronger than the consideration that you may die doing it.

1825 days ago
71.

Dave Evans    

White men invented crack for black society.
It was not supposed to be addictive to whites. Something happened in the chemical reaction and now whites can get addicted too.
I think the first batch had only the black addiction stuff in it. Later the greedy crack makers wanted to make more money, so they took out the black only chemical reaction.
I think they called it sickle cell crack because it only could addict blacks and it attached to the sickle cell DNA

1825 days ago
72.

N.M. RN    

My husband is a physician and I am a nurse. I am saddened by the comments that I consistently read about physicians and other healthcare providers. My husband works in the emergency department, and he spends much of his time dealing with drug-seeking patients that clog the ED. He does not prescribe them medications, but rather refers them to pain clinics, attempts to convince them into detoxes/rehabs, and spends time at the bedside providing them bedside counseling and other resources. We are all in a dangerous profession where we are exposed to blood-borne disease, verbal and physical abuse by patients, and excessive physical demands. Yet, we go to work and do our best to treat our patients. Uneducated people like Diva try their best to ruin the image of healthcare professionals, but I hope that people can learn to look the other way when they speak. If DJ AM had been honest with his physician, things may have turned out much differently. Sadly, his life took a tragic turn, but to put the blame on a caregiver is shameful.

1825 days ago
73.

stabby    

As a recovering addict myself, I can tell you first hand that benzos are highly addictive & should NOT be prescribed to a recovering addict... DUH!!
Also, people smoke crack all the time & use heroin or benzo's to come down.. again... DUH!
This is sad. RIP. Drug addiction doesn't descriminate!

1825 days ago
74.

Jill    

why is this guy getting so much attention? he isn't famous and is not the only one to die from an overdose.

1825 days ago
75.

liz    


SAD...once an addict always an addict

1825 days ago
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