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Sun., Aug. 30, 2009

Adam Goldstein, celebrity DJ

New York – Adam Goldstein, the celebrity disc jockey known as DJ AM, was found dead in a New York City apartment Friday afternoon, his publicist Jenni Weinman said. He was 36.

Goldstein was famous as a jet-set DJ who spun records at some of the world’s most exclusive parties, including private events for Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Stiller. A former member of the rock band Crazy Town, he grabbed tabloid headlines for having been engaged to socialite/reality TV star Nicole Richie and dating actress/singer Mandy Moore.

Police found a crack pipe and prescription pills in the Manhattan apartment, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press. A friend had called police to say he was unable to get into the home in the trendy SoHo neighborhood.

Beryl W. Sprinkel, economist

Beecher, Ill. – Beryl W. Sprinkel, an economist who served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Reagan administration and who helped guide the administration’s response to the October 1987 stock market crash, died Aug. 22 at a nursing home in Beecher, Ill. He was 85.

He had Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, a rare neuromuscular disease.

Sprinkel, protege of conservative economic guru Milton Friedman, joined the administration of President Ronald Reagan in 1981 as undersecretary of the Treasury for monetary affairs. In 1985, Sprinkel was named chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Richard Egan, EMC founder

Boston – Richard Egan, who rose from street kid to the U.S. ambassador to Ireland after making millions of dollars founding data storage giant EMC Corp., died Friday after a battle with lung cancer.

Egan, 73, was an electrical engineer and a former U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot who worked at Lockheed Martin, Honeywell and Intel before he co-founded data storage technology provider EMC in 1979. He sold most of his shares in the tech boom, shortly before the bubble burst.

The self-made billionaire was a key fundraiser for the Republican party and former President George W. Bush. He stepped down as EMC chairman in January 2001, about three months before Bush nominated him to be the U.S. ambassador to Ireland.


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