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."