Michael Alig, the ‘Club Kid’ murderer, died of a drug overdose, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Michael Alig, the notorious ‘Club Kid’ murderer, died of “acute overdose” after consuming a cocktail of narcotics, including fentanyl and meth, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner determined Monday.
The ME stated that an autopsy revealed fentanyl, acetylfentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamine in his system.
Alig, 54, was discovered dead on Christmas Eve in his Washington Heights apartment from a suspected overdose. His ex-girlfriend found his limp body and told police that Alig was a drug user. Heroin was discovered in his apartment.
Alig dominated Manhattan nightlife in the late 1980s and early 1990s, supporting a variety of hotspots and starring in a group of partygoers known as the “Club Kids.”
The outrageously dressed and dazzling “Club Kids” embodied the decade’s over-the-top and drug-fueled party scene.
Alig made headlines in 1996 after pleading guilty to killing his drug dealer, Andre (Angel) Melendez, and receiving a 17-year prison term.
Alig and Melendez got into an argument, and Alig’s friend Robert (Freeze) Rigs smacked Melendez in the head.
The pair dismembered the body in a bathtub and dumped the pieces into the Hudson River.
Alig was accused of the crime but fled the city as police conducted an investigation. Alig returned to the city and started throwing parties amid reports that he had murdered Melendez in a bold move.
“I am aware that you believe I am a killer. Is this to say you will not be co-hosting my upcoming birthday party?” In October 1996, Alig contacted Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, Musto later said.
In 1997, Alig and Riggs pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to ten to twenty years in prison.
Since then, “Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig” and the 2003 film “Party Monster,” starring Macaulay Culkin as Alig, have depicted Alig’s wild and fast lifestyle.
Alig was paroled in 2014 but was unable to tackle his opioid addiction.
He was arrested in February 2017 for trespassing and smoking crystal meth in a park near the Bronx Supreme Court.
Despite his turbulent life, fans of “Cub Kids” mourned his passing in December.
“May Michael and Angel rest in peace. May the good not be totally eclipsed by the evil, and may we all learn from the lessons contained inside and work to spread harmony, compassion, and unity,” one friend wrote on Facebook. “Not hostility and anger. My heartfelt sympathies to all those impacted on both sides.”