According to information obtained by the website TMZ, promoter Michael Alig (54), was found dead. The police suspect is that he overdosed on heroin.
A friend of Michael’s went to his house in New York after midnight on December 25 and found him lifeless. Preliminary information also indicates that there were vials and other empty containers around them.
Very popular in the clubber scene of the 1990s, Alig has been taken several times to rehabilitation clinics. In 1995, his boss, Gatien, took him to a clinic and soon after fired him from his role.
Alig, in 1996, was the suspect in the murder of drug dealer André “Angel” Melendez. Accompanied by her boyfriend, Alig allegedly shot Angel, but he argued that everyone was so high that no one remembers what happened. Both were arrested and got out of the chair in 2014. In 2017, Alig had to face justice again for using methamphetamine, but ended up exchanging his prison for parole.
The clubber became known worldwide through the 2003 film “Party Monster”, where his character was played by Macaulay Culkin. The feature film was based on the biography of James St. James (“Bloodbath Disc”), which describes how Alig’s life was affected by drug addiction. A 1998 documentary about the murder of Angel Mendez, “Party Monster: The Shockumentary”, was used for certain elements of the film.
“Party Monster” was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. It also had a limited release and did not yield the expected commercial success, raising only $742,898 domestically, with its total budget of $5 million. He also received many negative reviews, being considered tedious and “dragged”.