The late deejay Adam Goldstein was sober for eleven years before succumbing to his drug demons in August, and used his sobriety as a tool to help young addicts ditch drugs in his MTV show, "Gone Too Far."
"Gone Too Far" premiered Monday night on MTV. Did you tune in?
The late deejay's family has released a statement explaining their reasons for wanting the footage to air as Adam intended it. It reads:
"After careful consideration we have decided to air the show. Adam felt strongly that by doing this series he could help other addicts who were at a crisis point to get sober. Adam was fully aware that if it were not for his own sobriety he never would have achieved the level of success and happiness he had found. Helping people in their recovery was a huge part of Adam's life. It is our hope through airing this show that people will get to see the side of Adam that we knew and loved, not just the celebrity DJ, but the honest and caring person who gave so much of himself to help others. The decision to air the show has been difficult, but we do this with the profound belief that it will inspire others to seek help."
Sean Clarkin, Executive VP of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, says that DJ AM's story can be beneficial for recovering addicts struggling to kick the drug habit. "Recovery can be extremely difficult and requires constant attention. But it's important to know that it is, in fact, possible to present examples of people who are recognizing the need for treatment and beginning that journey."
"Gone Too Far" will air October 12 on MTV.
Adam died of a drug combination OD on August 28.
The drugs found in Adam Goldstein's system included cocaine, oxycodone, hydrocodone (Vicodin), Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Benadryl and Levamisole.
The 36 year old's death is listed as "accident (substance abuse)."
DJ Adam Goldstein filmed a tough-love style show for drug addicts before he succumbed to his own addiction last month -- and MTV is expected to air the footage.
In "Gone Too Far," DJ AM sat down with troubled addicts and used his own story to encourage their sobriety. The disc jockey was believed to have been sober for eleven years before he relapsed. Goldstein was found dead in his NYC apartment last month of an apparent drug overdose. The toxicology report has yet to be released.
According to Reuters, MTV is likely to air the program and has been talking to Adam's family about when an appropriate time would be to do so. There is reportedly concern that airing the footage too soon would be perceived as hypocritical or exploitative.
DJ AM wrapped filming on the show just three days before his death. It was originally slated to air October 5.
"It's been 1 year today," Barker writes on his Twitter. "I know I am so lucky to be here. I am so blessed to still breathe, walk, talk, or even play my drums and be alive." He adds, "Rest In Peace: LIl Chris Baker, Che, Adam Goldstein, Sarah Lemmon & James Bland. Gone never forgotten."
Barker and Goldstein had finished performing together as TRVSDJ-AM in South Carolina before hopping aboard a Learjet plane on September 19, 2008. The jet failed to take-off properly and crashed, killing four.
Travis and Adam were the only survivors of the crash, and were both critically burned while escaping. On August 28, Goldstein was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his New York City apartment.
Barker's ex-wife Shanna also wrote on her Twitter today in memory of the crash victims and the disc jockey -- and sent kind words to her drummer ex. "I can't believe it was 1 yr ago today I got the phone call about the plane crash. hug you're loved ones. be thankful for each and every blessing. RIP. Lil Cris, Che, Sarah, James and Dj Am. Travis, I am so thankful to have you in this life."
Travis responded to Shanna's post by tweeting at her, "@ShannaMoakler Thank u mama."
Friends, family and fans remembered DJ AM Thursday at a memorial service at the Hollywood Palladium. Ex girlfriend Hayley Wood, former fiancée Nicole Richie and friends John Mayer, Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson, Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart were all in attendance.
Hundreds of invited guests attended the Palladium memorial. In October, Adam Goldstein made his return to the turntables there after surviving a plane crash in September 2008.
"He was my soulmate and now he is my soul," Wood said at the 2 1/2-hour memorial. "He is my amazing grace."
Goldstein was found dead in his NYC apartment on Aug. 28. He was 36.
DJ AM's loved ones are goodbye at a funeral in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The celebrity disc jockey was buried at 3 PM at the Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary. The service was reportedly for "family only." Good friend Travis Barker and actor Scott Caan were both in attendance.
A larger circle of Adam's friends are expected at a memorial service for the DJ, which will be held at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, September 3.
Goldstein, 36, was found dead in his NYC apartment on Friday.
In a shocking new report from People, a law enforcement source says DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, had eight undigested OxyContin pills in his stomach and a ninth in his mouth when his body was found.
The source suggests AM, a recovering addict, swallowed the pills quickly. "He wanted to die," the source told People. "He was going unconscious when he took the last one. He didn't even swallow it."
In addition, the source said law enforcement officials found a Valentine's card in the apartment from ex-girlfriend Haley Wood that read "Thank God you're in my life. I love you." Next to the card were several photos of the couple in happier times. Previous reports had indicated the he was distraught over their recent split.
In another bizarre twist, two mirrors were propped up against the doors of the apartment -- blocking the entrance. When the police arrived to check on him, the source told People "They pushed [the door] and [the mirror] broke." That, in addition to the crack pipe and crack found near AM's body, leads People's source to believe AM "smoked a lot of crack, barricaded the doors and killed himself."
An official cause of death has not been released.