He learned of a potentially fatal blood clot while being treated for his burns

By Lisa Ingrassia
Updated October 16, 2008 05:15 PM
Kwaku Alston

DJ AM may have cheated death twice. While being treated for burns sustained during a plane crash, he learned of a potentially fatal blood clot in his leg.

“In the burn center, they did a scan and found that I had a blood clot that in this flight could have traveled to my heart and I could have died,” DJ AM (real name: Adam Goldstein), tells PEOPLE.

Goldstein, 35, says the clot was a result of his frequent flying to his various deejaying residencies at clubs nationwide. He currently has almost 2 million frequent flier miles.

While at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in August, Ga., doctors put a filter in his vein and prescribed blood-thinning medication to prevent complications related to the clot.

“I have a great deal of faith that everything happens for a reason,” he says. “I put myself in God’s hands.”

To read more of Goldstein’s first interview since the plane crash, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday