The mother of Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein has added a wrongful death claim to the lawsuit her son filed against the plane manufacturers and the estates of the pilots responsible for the September 2008 jet crash that left Goldstein and Travis Barker severely burned and four people dead. “The crash ultimately caused Adam Goldstein’s death at a later date,” Goldstein’s mother Andrea Gross argued in legal papers filed last week, People reports.
Goldstein’s family says that medication the DJ received during his stay in the hospital, as well as the trauma from the crash, were the main reasons why Goldstein started using drugs again after a decade of sober living. Goldstein died of an accidental drug overdose in August 2009.
As Rolling Stone reported in December 2008, DJ AM filed a lawsuit against Clay Lacy Aviation, Global Exec Aviation, Inter Travel & Services, Goodyear, Learjet and the estates of the two pilots killed in the accident for deciding “to abort the takeoff in a negligent manner” after the jet’s tire blew out on the runway in South Carolina. At the time, Goldstein was suing for “pain and suffering, lost earnings, property damage, past and future medical and health-related expenses, and punitive damages.”
The Goldstein estate is reportedly seeking $20 million in the lawsuit, which will go to trial in March 2010. According to People, Learjet has denied any wrongdoing in the crash.