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Originally posted 07/14/2012 10:15AM
Nearly four years after a plane crash critically injured Travis Barker and friend Adam Goldstein and killed four others, the Blink-182 drummer has yet to shake his fear of flying.
"It's something I want to overcome," Barker, 36, tells Red Bulletin. "And my kids are scared to death to fly. I want them to witness me overcome it."
Barker even knows what airline he's going to take for his first flight.
"I'm contemplating getting knocked out and getting on a plane to Australia," says Barker. "When I do, I think it's going to be Qantas. They never had a crash, never had a fatality – knock on wood."
Originally posted 04/22/2010 02:00PM
Fans of the late Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein will be in for a special treat May 7 when Iron Man 2 hits theaters.
Just two months before his death by accidental drug overdose, DJ AM filmed a cameo for the highly-anticipated sequel, reports the Los Angeles Times. And, distraught by his death, director Jon Favreau grappled with whether or not to include the bittersweet scene.
"We tried to make it respectful, and for people who know him, they'll get a kick out of it, and for people who don't, it will sort of slide by without much notice," Favreau said, explaining many of the powerhouse deejay's friends encouraged him to keep the brief part.
In the scene, Tony Stark, – played by Robert Downey Jr. – throws his own birthday bash at his oceanfront Malibu mansion. With DJ AM spinning the tunes, a drunken Stark shows off his smooth moves to rapper Tupac Shakur's hit "California Love." Soon after, the wild party turns into a fight scene, and Stark says, "Adam, I need a fat beat."
Originally posted 11/13/2009 06:30PM
DJ AM's mother is picking up where her son left off in his legal fight against Learjet.
Andrea Gross has amended his $20 million lawsuit against the plane manufacturer, the pilots' estates and others by adding a wrongful death claim, Los Angeles court papers show.
"The crash ultimately caused Adam Goldstein's death at a later date," the papers state.
Originally posted 11/13/2009 11:15AM
Sneaker aficionados, start your bidding.
A vast collection of more than 800 pairs of sneakers that belonged to the late Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein will be auctioned on eBay from Nov. 15 to Dec. 14, with all the proceeds going to the DJ AM Memorial Fund. The fund aids groups committed to addressing issues of addiction and recovery.
Among the stand-outs in DJ AM's vault of limited-edition sneakers: a pair of Eminem Air Jordan 4s – one of only 50 pairs ever made.
The auction kicks off at 1:30 p.m. (EST) on Nov. 15. To bid, go to eBay.
Originally posted 10/09/2009 03:30PM
In a trailer for MTV's series, Gone Too Far, a voiceover says of Goldstein, "He gave eight addicts the one chance they needed to change their lives."
In fact, Goldstein, who died Aug. 28 of an accidental overdose, shot the series just before his death, meeting with young addicts and their families in an attempt to get them off drugs like heroin while cameras documented the drama.
Originally posted 10/05/2009 03:10PM
Even in death, DJ AM, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, will be fighting hard to save others from the perils of drug dependence.
The celebrated deejay, who died of an accidental drug overdose in August at age 36, shot an MTV series called Gone Too Far just before his death.
The eight-part series will finally air on MTV starting Monday, Oct. 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
In the show, he speaks about wrestling with his own addictions and his fight to become sober for 11 years. He then delves into the lives of young people battling their own addictions, demonstrating how substance abuse devastates families and friendships. He also tries to help the addicts find the road to recovery.
Originally posted 09/29/2009 11:45AM
The New York City Medical Examiner's office has officially ruled Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein's death an accidental drug overdose and revealed that he had a number of drugs in his system at the time of his death.
"We've done the testing and investigation in conjunction with the NYPD and in our opinion this was an accidental overdose rather than suicide," Medical Examiner spokeswoman Ellen Borakove told PEOPLE Tuesday.
The popular deejay was found dead in the bedroom of his New York City apartment Aug. 28. A New York police source previously told PEOPLE that he was found with eight undigested OxyContin pills in his stomach and a ninth in his mouth. A crack pipe was also found near his body.
Originally posted 09/24/2009 04:00PM
Despite all he's been through in the last year, Travis Barker is coping as best he can since the tragic plane crash and recent death of friend DJ AM, pal and pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek tells PEOPLE.
He is doing "better than I would probably think anyone would really expect," Dyrdek says. "I think he's smart enough to know everything happens for a reason and he's just dealing with it."
What he's dealing with is the harrowing experience of narrowly escaping death with Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein" last September when the Learjet carrying them crashed while taking off from Columbia, S.C., killing four people on board. The Blink 182 drummer was devastated when just last month, Goldstein was found dead in his New York City apartment.
Originally posted 09/04/2009 04:05PM
Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein and Haley Wood may have been on-again, off-again before his sudden death on Aug. 28 – but the love the two shared was clear when she spoke at his emotional memorial service in Los Angeles Thursday.
"I have never experienced anything quite like Adam Goldstein. He made me feel warm and whole," said Wood, who was one of a handful of people who spoke about the deejay during the service held at the Hollywood Palladium. "He smelled soft. Adam was a remarkable human being, and so many have been blessed by his presence."
Originally posted 09/04/2009 01:05AM
A day after DJ AM was laid to rest, the celebrity deejay was remembered Thursday by former fiancée Nicole Richie and pals Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson, Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart.
They were among hundreds of invited guests and a handful of fans who attended the memorial at the Hollywood Palladium, not far from the nightclubs where DJ AM – real name Adam Goldstein – gained fame at the turntables.
"He was my soulmate and now he is my soul," model Haley Wood, who dated Goldstein, told the crowd during the 2 1/2-hour memorial. "He is my amazing grace."
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