Did DJ AM Work Himself to Death?

Celebuzz / August 31, 2009

DJ AM, who was found dead in his New York apartment on Friday at the age of 36, may have died in part due to his devotion to his profession.

TMZ reports that DJ AM—born Adam Goldstein—had been on anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax since surviving a 2008 plane crash that killed four people, so that he could continue to fly to his various career engagements.

Benzodiazepines, the class of drug that Goldstein was treating his fear of flying with, can reportedly easily trigger relapse in recovering addicts such as Goldstein, who was found with a crack pipe and half-full bag of crack cocaine next to his body.

TMZ adds that sources say that DJ AM’s relapse was “recent” and, despite prior theories, had “absolutely nothing to do with his recent breakup” with model Hayley Wood.