Notorious ‘club kid’ killer Michael Alig, who was in prison for 17 years for murdering his roommate over a drug debt in a case that turned into a book and movie, died of a drug overdose.
Alig died on Christmas Eve at the age of 54, some six years after his release in 2014.
The Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York City found that his cause of death was acute poisoning from fentanyl, acetylfentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine.
Michael Alig, 54 (photo in June 2020, left), was found to have died on Christmas Eve last year from acute poisoning from fentanyl, acetylfentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine. Alig was one of the leaders of the ‘Club Kids’ counterculture of the 80s and 90s (photo 1993, right)
Alig, pictured at his birthday party in April 2019, received no response from his friend in his Manhattan apartment, where police recovered suspected heroin and paraphernalia.
Michael Alig attends DailyMail.com’s 2015 Holiday Party
Alig, who had lived a troubled life marked by bouts of homelessness, was ignored by his friend in his Washington Heights apartment on West 159th St.
Alig reportedly moved into the Manhattan apartment in the summer of 2020.
His neighbor told me New York Post he often heard shouts from the club’s former promoter unit and saw men waiting for him outside his door.
The neighbor described Alig as stumbling, always in a hurry and looking ‘anxious’ in the last months of his life.
Photographed at his Pride Month party in late June, Alig looked haggard and unshaven.
Alig was in prison for 17 years for murdering and cutting up his roommate and drug dealer Andre ‘Angel’ Melendez (pictured)
Alig, the one-off self-proclaimed ‘King of the Club Kids’, was part of the decadent 1990s party scene, characterized by overly flamboyant costumes and outrageous underground parties where drug use is rampant.
The hedonistic bacchanalian came to an abrupt halt in 1996, when Alig and fellow ‘Club Kid’ Robert ‘Freeze’ Riggs were arrested for a brutal murder.
He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 1997. Alig admitted that he and Robert “Freeze” killed Riggs Melendez.
Alig admitted that he and Riggs killed Melendez by hitting him with a hammer, strangling him, and pouring Drano down his throat.
The couple placed the body in a bathtub, covered it with ice and baking soda, and continued to party in the apartment for the next week as the victim’s corpse fell apart.
Alig is pictured at an event in 1995. He once proclaimed himself ‘King of the Club Kids’
When the smell got too overpowering, Alig and Rigg cut up the body and threw the remains into the Hudson River.
Riggs also pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He was released in 2010.
The spooky story was turned into the 2003 movie Party Monster, in which Macaulay Culkin played Alig.
Alig remained behind bars on social media even though he didn’t have access to a computer and dictated tweets to a friend over the prison phone.
After his release from prison, Alig expressed remorse for his actions and decadent lifestyle.
The story of Melendez’s murder inspired the 2003 movie Party Monster, starring Macaulay Culkin as Alig (pictured)
Michael Alig attends the New York premiere of ‘Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig’ at The Players Theater in June 2015 in New York City
“Eighteen years later, when I look back at the person I was then, I feel nothing but shame and disgust,” Alig wrote in a piece published by the New York Post in 2014. ‘I was a selfish junkie who killed another human. . ‘
In an interview with Rolling stone in 2017, Alig spoke candidly about his battle against addiction behind bars.
“I went to prison addicted to heroin and it’s a very difficult drug to get rid of – especially in prison,” he said.
I would wean myself off, go through withdrawal, and expect to feel better a week or a month later. And when it didn’t, I decided, ‘F *** it. I committed this terrible crime, no one will ever forgive me, I might as well get high and not have to deal with it. ”
Originally from Indiana, Alig moved to New York in the early 1980s to attend Fordham University, but later dropped out and became involved in New York’s underground club scene as a promoter..
Even before his conviction, Alig and his fellow Club Kids had drawn national attention for their crazy Manhattan dance parties with sex, rampant drug use and over-the-top costumes.
Michael Alig can be seen at his Pride party at a private location in New York City last June