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DJ AM may have died without a will

Celebrity disk jockey DJ AM, also known as Adam Michael Goldstein, was considered by many to be the best -- or at least most famous -- DJ around.  He dated models and Hollywood stars, performed regularly with famous singers and rappers, and was hired to play music at the biggest celebrity parties.DJ AM

He was found dead in his New York apartment on August 28th, from a drug overdose.  At this point, it's unclear whether he committed suicide or not.  He was 36.

This week, his mother filed to open a probate estate for Goldstein's assets, in Los Angeles.  Interestingly, the probate paperwork filed by her attorney indicates that it is undetermined whether he died "testate" -- with a will -- or "intestate" -- without a will.  Goldstein's mother lists herself as the only heir, because she is the only surviving parent.  Goldstein was unmarried and had no children.

Under California's intestate laws, if no will surfaces, this would mean that Goldstein's sister would not inherit anything; everything would go to his mother.  Is that consistent with what Goldstein would have wanted?  It doesn't matter.  When someone dies without a will -- even if everyone knows what he or she would have wanted -- the law decides who inherits. 

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Michael Jackson death ruled a homicide

A wrongful death lawsuit is a certainty now.  In a previous article about the Michael Jackson Estate, I wrote how a wrongful death lawsuit was likely due to the unusual circumstances surrounding his death.  Now, the Los Angeles County coroner reportedly determined that Jackson died through a homicide.  This doesn't automatically mean it was a criminal act.  Officially, it means he died at the hands of another. Michael Jackson 4

But let's put semantics aside.  Everyone expects that criminal charges will follow.  Dr. Conrad Murray, the Las Vegas cardiologist who treated Jackson, is under investigation for manslaughter because he administered the lethal dose of drugs to the King of Pop to help his sleep.  Here is the Associated Press article about the investigation and coroner's report

Rumors started before this that the Jackson family wanted to bring a wrongful death claim.  With this new report, you can bank on it happening. 

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