Reality show was to star the late DJ AM
DJ AM’s death Friday left uncertain the future of his upcoming MTV series.The star, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, was found dead Friday evening in New York; investigators reportedly suspect a drug overdose. Goldstein’s eight-episode series, “Gone Too Far,” was set to bow on Oct. 5. Execs from MTV and Ish Entertainment, which produces the show with Gigantic Prods., were scrambling late Friday to get more information on what happened. It was too soon to tell what may become of “Gone Too Far,” which had recently wrapped filming, producers said. In a statement, MTV called Goldstein’s death “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.” MTV is expected to decide what to do with “Gone Too Far” some time this week. Goldstein and Blink-182 rocker Travis Barker were the only two survivors from a 2008 crash of a small plane in South Carolina. “There’s no reason why I should have lived or I lived and they didn’t,” Goldstein told reporters this summer during MTV’s portion of the TV Critics Assn. press tour. “It’s something that I struggle with every day, kind of wondering. But I’ve just realized I’m never really going to know. I’m alive, and I’m here, and I have another chance. So I have to do something better with my life this time.” That included “Gone Too Far,” which features Goldstein as he helps a group of young adults struggling with addictions. According to MTV’s original press release for “Gone Too Far,” Goldstein himself wrestled with an addiction to crack cocaine for six years. “Gone Too Far” was actually in the works before Goldstein’s plane crash, according to exec producer Michael Hirschorn. During the MTV session, Goldstein also described the moment he said he had cleaned up from doing drugs — a low point in which he attempted suicide. At the session, the DJ told reporters that he had been a recovering addict for 11 years. “The only way I can keep it is if I give it away,” Goldstein said of the help he regularly gave to addicts struggling to recover. Exec producer Paul Rosenberg even stressed how important sobriety was to Goldstein. “When you meet him in person, the thing that really strikes you and that he really drives home quickly and to a point almost where you’re offput about it is his sobriety,” Rosenberg said. “He’s very vigilant about it.” As DJ AM, Goldstein traveled the world to perform and did a regular gig at Las Vegas’ Rain nightclub. He had recently partnered with Barker on projects and has also worked on albums for artists including Madonna and Will Smith. He was also set to play himself in “Iron Man 2.” Born in Philadelphia, Goldstein was a former member of the band Crazy Town, and co-owned the Hollywood nightclub LAX and had a partnership stake in the Atlantic City, N.J., club Dusk. MTV’s predicament now over “Gone Too Far” is similar to one Spike TV faced following the death of Wu-Tang Clan member Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Spike had the reality show “Stuck on ODB” in the can and ready to air when the hip-hop star died of a drug overdose in 2004. MTV sister VH1 was also recently forced to shelve two shows, “Megan Wants a Millionaire” and “I Love Money 3,” when reality show contestant Ryan Jenkins allegedly killed his former wife and later himself.
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