Michael Alig died at age 54 of suspected heroin overdose

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Michael Alig – the infamous nightlife legend, “King of the Club Kids,” and convicted murderer – died of an apparent overdose at his Upper Manhattan home on Christmas Day, the New York Daily News reports from official sources. He was 54 years old.

According to reports, Alig was using heroin shortly before losing consciousness at around 3 a.m., her boyfriend told police, and medics found him dead at the scene.

In the 90s, Alig was a notorious impresario of Peter Gatien’s nightclub empire (which included Limelight, the Palladium and the Tunnel) and a “flute player for young clubbies”, as Michael Musto has it. reported in the pages of Voice of the village. In 1996, Alig pleaded guilty to collaborating in the murder of his drug dealer, Andre “Angel” Melendez and served 17 years in prison. A dispute over drug money turned violent, leading to a grisly case: Robert “Freeze” Riggs hit Melendez with a hammer on the head, then Alig smothered him with a sweatshirt until he died .

Galerie: Photos de Limelight, Tunnel, Roxy

The duo hid the mutilated corpse in the tub (covering it in ice and a few Calvin Klein Eternity Cologne spritzes), then continued to party for over a week – fried on a mind-blowing mixture of heroin, ketamine, cocaine and rophynol. – and even invited friends into the apartment while Melendez’s body rotted in the other room. When the stench got unbearable, they dismembered the body and threw it into the Hudson River.

The murderous “party monster” was the subject of James St. James’ memoir, entitled Bain de the disco, who rejected a documentary by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, Party monster. The story of Alig then inspired their 2003 feature film of the same title starring Macaulay Culkin as Alig and Seth Green as St. James. Another documentary, Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig, is now also broadcast.

Alig was released from prison in 2014 and returned to New York City, claiming to have been rehabilitated (although the nightlife was no longer as he remembered). “The biggest thing I learned in prison was patience,” he said Rolling stone at the time. “I was demanding and egotistical, but in prison, you learn very quickly that you are on time. When Freeze and I first went to the methadone clinic, we were there for almost 36 hours. You sleep in the waiting room.

“I went to prison addicted to heroin and it is a very difficult drug to get rid of – especially in prison,” he added. “I would wean myself off, go through the withdrawal and expect to feel better a week or a month later. And when that didn’t happen, I decided, “Damn. I committed this horrible crime, no one will ever forgive me, I might as well get high and not have to face it. ”

Alig also spoke about the harmful consequences of solitary confinement caused by drug use. “I went through this for eight, nine, 10 years. At one point there was even a two-year period of sobriety, but it was never long enough for my brain to go back to how it was before I started using drugs, ”he says. he. “It wasn’t until four years that my brain really started to hook up again. But you asked about the isolation. Every time your urine is positive, they give you another year of solitary confinement. If you go into a drug program, they kick you out. And then when you are in solitary confinement, all the more reason to use drugs!

In 2017, after completing his parole, Alig attempted to resurrect himself as a nightlife dweller and threw a party to celebrate. Page six reported that Alig had received death threats for hosting the party, and many critics criticized the idea that people were “celebrating” a convicted murderer. “The bad are really bad,” said Alig Rolling stone. “They say, ‘We’re going to kill you and we think you should get the electric chair and since the state didn’t, we’re going to do it!’ ”

Despite further problems with drugs, addiction and arrests, Alig remained contrite as he attempted to reintegrate into society. “Eighteen years later, looking at the person I was then, I only feel ashamed and disgusted,” writes Alig in an article published by the New York Post in 2014. “I was a selfish junkie who killed another human being.”

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