‘Party Monster’ Is Dead at 54
(Newser) – He lived a life so wild that it was the subject not only of a Hollywood feature film but a documentary to boot. But that life ended on Christmas Eve in a way that might not be surprising to those familiar with 54-year-old Michael Alig: an apparent heroin overdose in New York City, reports the Daily News. Alig gained fame, and infamy, in the 1980s and ’90s as ringleader of the Club Kids, referring to a group that pretty much lived in Manhattan clubs of the era. Alig’s nickname was the “king of the drug-addled club kids,” per TMZ. But his life unraveled in 1996 when he and a friend were convicted of murdering a small-time drug dealer, then dismembering the body in a bathtub and tossing it in the Hudson River. Alig served 17 years before his release in 2014.
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Macaulay Culkin portrayed him in the 2003 film Party Monster, and Alig also was the subject of a documentary called Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig. He had kept a relatively low profile since being released from prison, though he was arrested for smoking crystal meth in a park in 2017. Tina Moore and Kate Sheehy of the New York Post sum things up: “Alig’s death was the final chapter in a sordid, sensational—and decidedly cautionary—tale about striving to become famous in the Big Apple and ultimately succumbing to its excesses.” (Read more overdose stories.)