DJ AM, the stage name of disc jockey Adam Goldstein whose music could be heard on albums by Madonna and Will Smith, was found dead in his New York apartment at age 36 on Friday, according to media reports.
John Sweeney, a spokesman for the New York police, told Reuters officers found a man dead at 5:23 p.m. EDT on Friday but he could not immediately confirm the man was Goldstein.
The address where Sweeney said the man was found matches that of Goldstein’s apartment.
Celebrity news website TMZ.com said Goldstein, who socialized with Hollywood celebrities and in 2008 survived a plane crash with Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, was found with prescription pill bottles near his body after he had not been heard from for days.
As a DJ, Goldstein’s work appeared on albums by Madonna, Will Smith, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Papa Roach. He performed at clubs in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and elsewhere.
With the band Crazy Town, Goldstein had the 2001 hit song “Butterfly” but the group broke up two years later.
He partnered with Barker of punk band Blink 182 last year to create a live DJ and drum performance and the duo played occasionally at clubs and other concert venues.
In September 2008, Goldstein and Barker were in a private plane that crashed while trying to take off from an airport in South Carolina. The two pilots and two passengers were killed.
Goldstein and Barker suffered serious burns and were hospitalized in critical condition.
Goldstein posted his last known public remarks on the social networking website Twitter on Tuesday when he wrote: “New york, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems.”
The words were lyrics from a song by Grandmaster Flash, a pioneer of hip-hop music.
Goldstein dated reality TV star Nicole Richie, to whom he was at one point engaged, and later went out with singer and actress Mandy Moore.