DJ AM had a bag of crack stuck to his chest when he was found dead in his SoHo apartment yesterday, police sources tell The Post.
The celebrity DJ, whose real name is Adam Goldstein and is best known for dating starlets and surviving a horrific plane crash, also had a crack pipe and died from an apparent drug overdose, police said.
The Medical Examiner’s office announced today that an autopsy performed today was inconclusive and they could not determine a cause of death. Toxicology results will take several weeks.
Cops found prescription bottles and the pipe inside DJ AM’s residence at 210 Lafayette St. after the 36-year-old’s lifeless, shirtless body was discovered face-up, clad only in shorts, in his bed at around 5:20 p.m., law-enforcement sources said.
Two friends, concerned that DJ AM had not shown up for a flight to Las Vegas, went to his $2 mil
lion apartment, couldn’t contact their pal or get in to his apartment and called police, source said.
In a terrible twist, the turntable master, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, had recently finished an MTV reality show about drug addiction. Tentatively titled “Gone Too Far,” AM was seen orchestrating interventions for druggie teens.
Emergency medical workers responding to the 911 call declared DJ AM dead at the scene. No foul play is suspected. Sources said pills also were found.
DJ AM had battled drug addiction, but several friends said yesterday he had been sober for a decade and was upbeat.
“After the accident, he seemed to care more about life and friends, and less about the spotlight,” said Scott Schroer, a DJ known as Scotty Boy who has known DJ AM 10 years.
But DJ AM — who once was engaged to TV star Nicole Richie — also was “completely devastated” over a recent breakup with his girlfriend, Hayley Wood, according to TMZ.com. Pals told the Web site the model broke off the relationship last week.
A woman in tears, believed to be Wood, was spotted by The Post leaving his building last night.
Pals told The Post last night that DJ AM was having a tough time dealing with physical pain and stress from the plane crash he survived last September.
“He was hurting,” said Schroer.
“He was taking painkillers, and he slowly grew addicted,” another friend said last night.
Another pal told Fox News: “The need for drugs grew, and now here we are. It’s terrible that no one was able to stop him soon enough, but it just happened so fast.”