In October of 2009, MTV was set to release a new reality show called “Gone Too Far,” starring world renowned disc jockey – and former drug addict – DJ AM attempting to help addicts by co-hosting interventions with their family members.
All that changed when DJ AM’s body was found in his New York apartment in the aftermath of a fatal overdose.
On Friday, when police found the celebrity DJ, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, there were prescription meds in his stomach and one OxyCotin pill in his throat. Neither the officials working the case nor the preliminary autopsy results were able to determine exactly how strong the dosages were, but Goldstein was already dead when paramedics and rescue workers broke down the door to his apartment in the trendy SoHo neighborhood.
The scene was as heartbreaking as it was unnecessary.
Goldstein’s body was found alone, shirtless, in his bed, surrounded by a crack pipe and several prescription pill bottles.
Just one month before his death, the Associated Press interviewed Goldstein about the reality rehab show, and the effects he hoped it would have on those who watched it. He admitted the show offered him a “terrifying” reminder of his own drug-induced past.
In light of this tragedy, one can only ask questions that begin with “What if.”
What if DJ AM didn’t return to his drug addiction?
What if He sought help instead of suffering alone?
What if the TV show would have aired and someone else’s life could have been saved?
We’ll never know the answers to these questions. But really, these are questions that should never have needed asking.
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