In his first interview since the Learjet crash that killed four people, DJ AM spoke to People about the terrifying events.
“I tried to cover my face as I jumped through a fireball. As soon as I hit the ground, I remembered, ‘Stop, drop and roll.’ So I started rolling,” he said, recalling the events that followed after Travis Barker flung open the emergency exit door.
He’s currently recovering from the final of three surgeries, and has undergone procedures to treat his second- and third-degree burns. He says he’s coping one day at a time.
“My emotions go back and forth,” he says. “I can’t believe I made it. I’m just grateful.”
UPDATE: DJ AM has also told People that while being treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia, doctors found a potentially deadly blood clot. Doctors put a filter in his vein and prescribed a blood thinning medication to prevent complications from the clot.
He said, “In the burn center, they did a scan and found that I had a blood clot that in this flight could have traveled to my heart and I could have died.”
The reason for the blood clot was a result from the massive amounts of frequent flying that he does for DJ’ing purposes. He currently has almost 2 MILLION frequent flyer miles.
“I have a great deal of faith that everything happens for a reason,” he says. “I put myself in God’s hands.”
I highly doubt he’ll be flying anytime soon…
For more, pick up the new issue of People magazine later this week.