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DJ AM -- Wrongful Death Suit Over Drugs

11/13/2009 6:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

DJ AMA pretty incredible twist in the death of DJ AM (aka Adam Goldstein) ... The company that chartered the plane carrying DJ AM that crashed in South Carolina is now being sued for wrongful death because "the crash ultimately caused Adam Goldstein's death."

The amended suit in L.A. County Superior Court notes DJ AM was forced to take various drugs as a result of the burns he suffered, along with the emotional distress.

In addition to Clay Lacy Aviation, DJ AM's estate is suing the travel service, Goodyear Tire, Learjet and the estates of the two pilots who were killed in the crash.

Ultimately DJ AM's death was caused by a combination of various prescription drugs, along with cocaine.

The upshot ... the drugs were the direct result of the crash.

We also know DJ AM became intensely fearful of flying and began taking drugs to calm his nerves when he flew.

UPDATE: A Clay Lacy Aviation rep just told TMZ, "...Clay Lacy Aviation did not own or operate the aircraft involved." Translation -- not our fault.


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The estates of the two dead pilots should sue DJ AM's estate because had he not hired them to charter the plane, the plane wouldn't have crashed, and they would still be alive!

1773 days ago


to sue the families (estate) of the dead pilots,thats really low frigin horrible people

1773 days ago


This is as stupid as having a serial cheater for a husband, then when he leaves you to live with another woman suing the woman he lives with for alienation of affections when he was with countless other women before.

1773 days ago


This dead piece of crap wasn't a drug abuser before the crash?

1773 days ago


:( why go after the pilots families they died.. ultimately it was his choice to take drugs and being his choice it was his responsibility to decide not to take drugs.. not some aviation company who has a mishap...

1773 days ago

dallas boy    

Good Lord!!! Nothing amazes me anymore. Screw the damn litigious lawyers in this damn country. Anything to make a damn buck or a few million bucks. This world is so damn crazy.

1773 days ago


How the heck can his estate sue over wrongful death because of drugs, yet Michael Jacksons estate can't or doesn't????????? Michael was administered a drug that should not be administered outside of a hospital setting. Murray confessed to giving it.

This stinks! errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

1773 days ago


I can see how the accident could cause a relapse, especially since he had to take a lot of pain medication and benzos for anxiety, but it was his choice to move on to such drugs as cocaine. He also had the option of different types of therapy. It is not the fault of all of these people being sued that he had a drug addiction in the past. Many people have to take various drugs for the same or similar events, and you don't see them suing the pants off of everyone.

I think what it comes down to is someone wanting to make a quick buck, or trying to put the blame on someone else to help heal emotional wounds.

1773 days ago


Good luck proving this one. I am sure the crash contributed to his personal issues. but with his past; it will be hard to porve the crash solely caused him to turn to drugs. Whats with everyone trying to make a buck of the deceased?

1773 days ago


People People, You KNOW the lawyer or lawyers came back to the family, changed up adam's original lawsuit, was like "hey, i got an idea" and proceeded with it, the family went along with it! As crazy as it is, now i know the lawyer/s are the ones that came up originally with suing the dead pilots. Because adam was already doing that when he was alive, and now i think that the lawyer pressured him into that. So whoever this lawyer or these lawyers are, they are the ones pushing for the big bucks, this family of adams would have to be genius/or idiots, (not a compliment) depending on if it works or not, to think of this. This is a typical lawyer stunt. Why does everyone always blame the people when it's obvious the people just want a normal lawsuit (not that lawsuits are usually admirable, 90% of the time they are BS) and the lawyers pressure them into something much more dirty?

1773 days ago


That being said, this lawsuit is ridiculous, at the same time, yes i do believe that taking one drug that is addictive, can lead to an old habit of another drug of your choice. But, For them to want to sue over him getting help for pain? BS! Well, that's not who they are suing, but it makes getting help for pain look f'n bad, and i myself get help for my pain and it p's me off. So i'm saying that it's no one's fault that he is a drug addict, even not his own because he was born with a "disease" as they say, but I do believe the fact that he had to have a addictive drug for pain....did push him into the drug of his choice. Also, stress can be the breaking point and probably was of why he just said f it, i'm going to do coke.

1773 days ago

London Girl    

Suing the estates of the 2 dead pilots too? His people need to get a grip.

1773 days ago


help push him into it, not push him into it, HELP

1773 days ago


When does personal responsibility kick in?

1773 days ago

Mike B    

This is what is wrong with this country. Oh it is not his fault he was a loser drug user. It is always somebody else's fault and the courts allow this crap. These guys have access to any drug they want. Why don't they go after the US Government for letting all the drugs in the country?

1773 days ago
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