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DJ AM - His Tragic Return To Drugs Proved Deadly

Aug. 29 2009, Published 2:25 p.m. ET

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An autopsy got underway Saturday afternoon to determine the exact cause of DJ AM's death -- but with cops already leaking the news that a crack pipe and numerous prescription drugs were found in the apartment, there's little doubt that pharmaceutics played a role in the disc jockey's tragic demise.

The sight of his body being removed from the Manhattan building Friday night was shocking enough to his family and friends but few if any were prepared for the idea that he'd fallen back into drugs.

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As recently as August 25, DJ AM was proudly talking to friends about his 11 years of sobriety, has learned.  Then he broke up with girlfriend Hayley Wood.  The American Apparel model, 23, reportedly was the one who ended the affair and DJ AM took the break-up hard.  AM, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, and Wood began dating last December.

He was discovered dead in his $2 million apartment in Manhattan's SoHo District at 5:23 PM.  Concerned that AM hadn't shown up for a flight to Las Vegas, two friends had gone to his home and when they couldn't get a response, called 911.  Police broke in and found AM's lifeless body on his bed.

Travis Barker

It's been almost a year since the AM and good pal Travis Barker were in a plane crash that cost the lives of four others.  AM suffered Survivor's Guilt from the episode and was in chronic pain from his injuries -- possible other contributing factors to his return to drugs.



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