09/02/2009 at 05:40 PM EDT
Before his sudden death
, Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein had been working hard on a new project, a show that could help young addicts turn their lives around and inspire others to change.
Sitting with PEOPLE on a small sofa at the bar of the Langham Hotel in Pasadena in July as part of the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, he seemed pensive at best, and sad at worst as he sipped from a bottle of Evian water.
"It's hard to learn a new way of life," said DJ AM, who was found in his New York City apartment with nine OxyContin pills
in his body and a crack pipe nearby. "MTV approached me two years ago about doing something with them. I said, 'I don't know. I'm a deejay and I'm content with working as much as I work now.' They said, 'What else do you do?' I said, 'I help other people get sober.' MTV said, 'Well, there it is.'"
And that is how Gone Too Far
came into being. About the young folks whose stories were told in the series, DJ AM told PEOPLE, "They are all inspirational, all special, and they are all extraordinary people." He even hinted that to get around the country in order to help those profiled, he may have had to confront his own fear of flying. "I have done what I had to do to do the show," said the music star, who survived a plane crash last year.
The core of the program, for DJ AM, was being a voice of experience and triumph. "What's always helped me is working with other sober addicts, people who know what it's like to be obsessed with their addictions," he said.
Gone Too Far
was originally slated to premiere Oct. 5. When contacted by PEOPLE at the prospect of the show still going to air, an MTV spokesperson said, "No decision has been made at the present time."
In a statement released Aug, 29, MTV said, "Adam 'DJ AM' Goldstein's death is an incredible loss to the music community, his friends, family and his fans, and to those of us who had the privilege of working with him. MTV was honored to support him as he helped young people battle their own addictions. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to his family."