DJ AM's death reminds us of the late stars whose ex-lovers miss them most of all.
Our hearts go out to the family and many friends of DJ AM Adam Goldstein, who was found dead in New York City at age 36 on Friday, August 28, 2009. Celebrity Love: DJ AM's Final Days: Broken-hearted Over A Split
The public knows Adam for his talent as well as his high-profile relationships with stars like Nicole Richie, Mandy Moore and most recently 22-year-old apparel model Hayley Wood, who's been reported to have broken off their eight-month relationship last week.
Richie and Moore appear to be keeping a low profile after news of Adam's passing (read more about that below), but YourTango's Celebrity Love has compiled a list of stars' estranged lovers who have been the first or most vocal to express their devastation after the announcement of their exes' deaths.
Heath Ledger. Heath, 28, and Michelle Williams, then 26, had broken off their engagement after a three year relationship from summer 2004 to September 2007 and the birth of daughter Matilda Rose in October 2005. After Heath was found dead in New York City, Williams asked the public in a formal statement to allow her "to grieve privately. My heart is broken...Matilda will be brought up with the best memories of him." Celebrity Love: The Truth About Heath Ledger And Michelle Williams
Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson's June 2009 death at the age of 50 left behind his three children and two ex-wives, Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe. Both expressed anguish at the news of his death, remembering him as a world-class talent, generous heart and loving father. Celebrity Love: Michael Jackson's Ex-Wives Mourn His Passing
Anna Nicole Smith. The controversial custody battle over Anna Nicole's daughter Dannielynn was thought to influence her drug overdose in February 2007 at age 39. Larry Birkhead, Howard K. Stern and a handful of other men each argued that they were Dannielynn's biological father, but after Anna's death, Larry Birkhead won the DNA contest and custody of the baby. Last February, two years after Anna's death, Larry said, "Even after two years, it is hard to believe that Anna is gone. My only comfort is that I have a beautiful daughter...That serves as a constant reminder of a beautiful life gone too soon."
Elvis Presley. Elvis and Priscilla Presley had been married for just six years (but together for 14) when they divorced in 1973, reportedly holding hands during the court proceeding. When Elvis passed in 1977 at 42, he left behind Priscilla and their five-year-old daughter Lisa Marie. Priscilla attended Elvis' funeral and in 1987 published a memoir about their relationship. It's reported she oversees Elvis Presley Enterprises to this day.
Kurt Cobain. Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain were married for two years and had daughter Frances Bean before Kurt's apparent suicide in 1994. While they never officially split, the relationship was notoriously volatile, with Courtney reading Kurt's suicide note to his thousands of funeral attendees and interjecting her own comments about how he should have given up rock and roll and asking the crowd to join her in chanting that Kurt was an "a**hole."
Sonny Bono. Sonny and Cher carried on famously as friends after their 13-year relationship that ended in divorce in 1975. Together they had daughter Chastity (now living as a man named Chaz), and Cher delivered a six-minute eulogy after Sonny's death in 1998. At her flustered delivery, Cher said, "He is someplace loving this...we were definitely a marriage made in heaven...how proud I am of what he made himself after we were separated." She called him "the most unforgettable character I ever met" and in 1998 told Ellen that she felt a connection with Sonny more than with anyone else in her life. Of their bond she said, "It was perfect." Celebrity Love: Chastity Bono Becoming A Man, May Get Married
Farrah Fawcett. Farrah's battle with cancer brought her nearly three-decade, on-and-off romance with Ryan O'Neal to a boil. In 2009 just before her passing, Farrah agreed to marry Ryan, but they never got to exchange vows. She also reconciled with ex-husband Lee Majors just before she died on June 25. Celebrity Love: Farrah Fawcett And Ex Reconcile Before Her Death
DJ AM (Adam Goldstein). Hayley Wood's last MySpace login was on August 26, two days before Adam's death. She's currently listed "in a relationship," and next to her heroes she's posted, "RIP Michael Jackson." Her MySpace and blog were riddled with bleak phrases and thoughts (including the line, "This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine," and a poem stating that when it's over, it's over) in the days before DJ AM's death. (Her blog was apparently removed during the researching of this story.) It's reported she had broken up with Adam just weeks prior to his apparent drug overdose, but after the announcement of his death, paparazzi caught Hayley leaving Adam's apartment looking disheveled and distressed. TMZ posted a video of their recent holiday in France, just before the split.
Evidently neither Nicole Richie nor Mandy Moore have issued formal statements responding to DJ AM's death, but both were active with casual posts on Twitter the day before he died. Adam and Nicole were engaged for nine months until 2005, and he and Mandy dated, broke up, then reportedly reunited after his plane crash last year before finally splitting last December, when Adam met Hayley Wood.
Nicole Richie is expecting her second child with boyfriend Joel Madden in the fall. Mandy Moore is currently in London filming "Swinging With the Finkels."
Editor's Note: Since the initial publication of this story on Saturday, August 29, Mandy Moore has issued a statement on Adam Goldstein's death expressing that she's "absolutely heartbroken" and that Adam was "the very definition of a true friend...To say that he will be missed beyond words is an understatement. My heart goes out to his loved ones."
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