The legacy of DJ AM will not only be about music. The celebrity deejay, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, will also be remembered as someone who struggled with addiction – and helped young people fighting the same fight.
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.
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“It’s not too late,” he is seen telling one young addict. “I promise you, there is hope.”
Goldstein’s family said they pondered long and hard about whether to allow the series to air, but ultimately decided releasing the videos would do the most good.
“It is our hope through airing this show that people will get to see the side of Adam that we knew and loved, not just the celebrity DJ, but the honest and caring person who gave so much of himself to help others,” the family said in a statement earlier this month. “The decision to air the show has been difficult, but we do this with the profound belief that it will inspire others to seek help.”
Gone Too Far, which MTV is presenting “with the hope others will learn from his struggle,” premieres Monday, Oct. 12 (10 p.m. EST).