DJ AM was an American DJ, remixer, record producer and musician. Goldstein was a member of the rock band Crazy Town from 1999 until 2001, and was one half of TRV$DJAM along withTravis Barker. Goldstein appeared in several television series, hosted the MTV series Gone Too Far and contributed mixes and appeared as a playable character in the video game DJ Hero. He appeared as himself in the film Iron Man 2.
He was born to a Jewish family. As a child, he was verbally abused by his father, who was sent to jail for committing bank fraud and later died due to complications from AIDS. Goldstein attended the elite Quaker school Friends' Central. After his parents divorced he moved with his mother to Los Angeles where he began experimenting with drugs. He was sent to a drug rehabilitation centre though was indicted and dismissed for his treatment of younger patients. When Goldstein was 20 years old, he started deejaying, which he had been obsessed with since seeing Herbie Hancock perform "Rockit" at the 1983 Grammy Awards.
Goldstein began dating actress Nicole Richie in 2003 and announced their engagement in February 2005. However, the couple broke up in late 2006. Goldstein was found dead in his New York City apartment on August 28, 2009, from an apparent drug overdose.