DJ AM, 36, Survived Plane Crash but Dies in Suspected Drug Overdose

Adam Goldstein (1973-2009)

New York disc jockey DJ AM was found dead in his Manhatten apartment today. He had a history of substance abuse and law inforcement officials have said that prescription pills and drug paraphernalia were found at the scene. Goldstein was burned in a plane crash in September 2008 and required skin grafts. Travis Barker, drummer for Blink-182, was more severly burned in the same crash, endured 16 surgeries and suffered from post-tramatic stress disorder, according to Rolling Stone.

After surviving the plane crash in which four other people died, Goldstein told People Magazine: “I can’t believe I made it,” he said. “I’ve prayed every night for the past 10 years. There’s a lot more to thank God for now. … I was saved for a reason. Maybe I’m going to help someone else.”

Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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