Club Kid Michael Alig Dies of Accidental Overdose

NEW YORK - April 29: Michael Alig, center, dancing at his birthday party at nightclub Red Zone on April 29, 1989 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)

Michael Alig, a well-known Manhattan club promoter, died of an accidental heroin overdose on December 25. Michael’s ex-boyfriend found him in his Washington Heights apartment.

Alig was a member of the “Club Kids“, a group of New York clubbers in the 80’s and 90’s. In 1996, he pleaded guilty for murdering and dismembering his drug dealer and fellow Club Kid member, Angel Melendez.

Club Kid Angel Melendez, who was murdered by Alig.

Michael Alig served a 17 year sentence for the murder of Angel Melendez. Additionally, in 2017, Alig faced further jail time for trespassing and smoking crystal meth. After these prison sentences, Michael kept a low profile in his Washington Heights apartment.

Neighbors described the Club Kid as quiet and kind, but were aware of his drug use. A neighbor by the name of Oriana recalled that Alig was open about his drug usage during their first interaction.

Michael was 54. He is known in popular culture through the documentary Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig and the film Party Monster.