DJ AM | 1973-2009
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Twelve who died young

DJ AM | 1973-2009
Celebrity DJ Adam Goldstein was a Hollywood staple and regular collaborator with stars such as Madonna and Will Smith. Known as DJ AM, he worked the party scene, dated Lionel Richie’s daughter Nicole and struggled on and off with drug addiction. In September 2008, Goldstein and friend Travis Barker escaped a deadly plane crash in South Carolina. Nearly a year later, in August 2009, he died of acute intoxication due to a combination of cocaine and prescription drugs.


DJ AM agreed to go to rehab the day before his death
What caused DJ AM reportedly to relapse into drug use?
VIDEO: DJ AM’s final interview on his TV show, ‘Gone Too Far,’ about drug abuse  (Brett Flashnick / Associated Press)
Aaliyah | 1979-2001
R&B singer and actress Aaliyah poses for a photo in New York on May 9, 2001. Aaliyah died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001, when a small plane that was to carry her and eight others back to the United States crashed after takeoff in the Bahamas, authorities said. (Jim Cooper / Associated Press)
Kurt Cobain | 1967-1994
Kurt Cobain ushered in a new era in rock in the early ‘90s with his band Nirvana. But fame was never his intention, and it seemed to add to his suffering, brought on by depression, chronic bronchitis and heroin addiction. He died at 27 of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. (Frank Micelotta / Getty Images)
Janis Joplin | 1943-1970
Joplin was 27 when she was found dead of a heroin overdose in a Hollywood hotel room -- a tragic end to a life of on-again/off-again addiction that began when she left her small town in Texas for San Francisco in the early 1960s. The singer, known for her rough voice and emotive performances, had attended her 10-year high school reunion just a few months before her death. (Jim Marshall / Morrison Hotel Gallery)
Buddy Holly | 1936-1959
In his short musical career, Holly had a fundamental influence on early rock and roll. He was 22 when he died in a plane crash in February 1959. (MCA Records)
Jim Morrison | 1943-1971
Mystery surrounds the death of the lead singer of the Doors, who died in 1971 in Paris at the age of 27. The official account is that he was found in a bathtub, and because no foul play was suspected, an autopsy was never performed. Rumors have circulated ever since that Morrison died of a heroin overdose. (Larry Hulst / Getty Images)
Tupac Shakur | 1971-1996
Shakur was just 25 when he was killed in 1996 in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. The celebrated rapper had already released five studio albums, served time for a sexual abuse conviction and survived a previous shooting during a robbery. (Perry C. Riddle / Los Angeles Times)
Dennis Wilson
Dennis Wilson (second from left), founding member and the drummer of The Beach Boys, 39, drowned. (Capital Records)
John Bonham
John Bonham, drummer of the band Led Zeppelin, 32, alcohol poisoning (Neal Preston/CORBIS)
Cass Elliott
Cass Elliott (second from left), Mama Cass of the pop quartet The Mamas & the Papas, 32, heart attack. (Associated Press)
Bob Marley
Bob Marley, 36, cancer (Tony Barnard/LAT)
John Lennon
John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in 1980. (Warner Home Video)