‘Club kid’ killer Michael Alig dies of ‘heroin overdose’ inside his Manhattan home on Christmas morning
"Club Kid" killer Michael Alig dies of a suspected heroin overdose on his Christmas morning in Manhattan
A convicted murderer and notorious party promoter named "Club Kid Killer" died in his New York apartment of a suspected drug overdose.
Michael Alig spent 17 years behind bars for murdering and dismembering drug dealer Angel Melendez and dumping his body in the Hudson River in 1996.
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A staple on the town's party scene in the 1990s, 54-year-old Alig was even played by Macaulay Culkin in the 1993 film Party Monster, which is based on his life.
Police say his body was found in the Washington Heights apartment in the early hours of Christmas Day.
According to the New York Post, detectives found drug paraphernalia and plastic bags of heroin at the scene.
Alig was founded by the Club Kids group of club goers in the 1980s and 1990s.
He was once described as "a pied piper for young clubbies" by the Village Voice newspaper.
"The biggest thing I learned in prison was patience," he told Rolling Stone after he was released from prison in 2014.
"I was demanding and self-centered, but in prison you learn very quickly that you are in their time."
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