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Little-Known Facts about DJ AM

The death of DJ AM shocked the music industry and young Hollywood alike -- now "Extra" is taking a closer look at the life of the popular deejay.

14 Facts about DJ AM

Deejay Born

Adam Goldstein was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 30, 1973.

Troubled Childhood

Adam was raised by his mother Andrea and his father, “who seemed to hate me,” he told Glamour in January 2008. “The verbal abuse he subjected me to was unbelievably cruel. I would find out later that there was a good reason my father was so tortured — he was secretly gay and addicted to drugs.”

Addiction

DJ AM first experimented with drugs at 12, and his first visit to rehab came when he was 17. He would struggle to kick his addiction until age 24, when he became sober with the help of friends and family.

At the Turntable

Adam — known as DJ AM — began deejaying at age 20.

Spinning for Stars

He has played private events for celebrities like Jim Carrey, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Stiller, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and Kate Hudson.

Crazy Town

Goldstein was a member of the rock band Crazy Town, known for their hit “Butterfly.”

Hollywood Sweethearts

Adam has dated Hollywood starlets Nicole Richie and Mandy Moore.

Low Point

In 1997, when Goldstein was 24, he attempted suicide while high on cocaine. He put a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger, but the handgun jammed.

Slimmed Down

Goldstein underwent gastric bypass surgery when he was 30 and dropped 115 lbs.

TRV$DJ-AM

Adam collaborated with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker under the title TRVSDJ-AM. The two became close after collaborating and surviving a plane crash together.

Learjet Tragedy

On September 19, 2008, Adam and colleague Travis Barker were seriously injured when a Learjet he was traveling in crashed on takeoff in West Columbia, South Carolina. The musicians were the only survivors of the crash, which killed four.

Burned

Goldstein suffered from second and third-degree burns as a result of the Learjet crash.

Recent Split

Goldstein most recently dated model Hayley Wood, but the two reportedly broke up a few weeks before his death.

Kicking Drugs

Shortly before his death, Adam wrapped the MTV reality show “Gone Too Far,” on which he helped other addicts find a way to end their dependence.

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