Infamous ‘membership child’ killer Michael Alig, who served 17 years in jail for killing his roommate over a drug debt in a case that grew to become a e-book and movie, died from a drug overdose.
Alig´s demise on the age of 54 got here on Christmas Eve some six years after his launch in 2014.
The Workplace of Chief Medical Examiner in New York Metropolis discovered his reason for demise to be acute intoxication by fentanyl, acetylfentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine.
Michael Alig, 54 (pictured in June 2020, left), was discovered to have died from acute intoxication by fentanyl, acetylfentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine on Christmas Eve final yr. Alig was one of many leaders of the ‘Membership Youngsters’ counterculture of the Eighties and 90s (pictured in 1993, proper)
Alig, pictured throughout his party in April 2019, was discovered unresponsive by his boyfriend inside his Manhattan house, the place police recovered suspected heroin and paraphernalia
Michael Alig attends DailyMail.com’s Vacation Get together in 2015
Alig, who had led a troubled life marked by durations of homelessness, was discovered unresponsive inside his Washington Heights house on West 159th St by his boyfriend.
Alig reportedly moved into the Manhattan house about in the summertime of 2020.
His next-door neighbor advised New York Publish he usually heard screaming coming from the previous membership promoter’s unit and noticed males outdoors his door ready for him.
The neighbor described Alig as stumbling, at all times in a rush and searching ‘anxious’ within the final months of his life.
Alig was photographed in late June throughout his Pleasure Month get together wanting haggard and unshaven.
Alig served 17 years in jail for murdering and dismembering his roommate and drug vendor Andre ‘Angel’ Melendez (pictured)
Alig, the one-time self-proclaimed ‘King of the Membership Youngsters,’ was a part of the decadent Nineties get together scene characterised by over-the-top flamboyant costumes and outrageous underground events the place drug use was rampant.
The hedonistic bacchanal abruptly floor to a halt in 1996, when Alig and fellow ‘Membership Child’ Robert ‘Freeze’ Riggs have been arrested for a brutal homicide.
He pleaded responsible to manslaughter in 1997. Alig admitted that he and Robert ‘Freeze’ Riggs killed Melendez.
Alig admitted that he and Riggs killed Melendez by hanging him with a hammer, throttling him and pouring Drano down his throat.
The pair positioned the physique in a tub, coated it with ice and baking soda, and continued partying contained in the house for the subsequent week because the sufferer’s corpse decomposed.
Alig is pictured at an occasion in 1995. He as soon as proclaimed himself ‘the King of the Membership Youngsters’
When the scent grew to become too overwhelming, Alig and Rigg lower up the physique and dumped the stays within the Hudson River.
Riggs additionally pleaded responsible to manslaughter. He was launched in 2010.
The grisly story was became the 2003 film Get together Monster,’by which Macaulay Culkin performed Alig.
Alig maintained a social media presence whereas behind bars, though he had no entry to a pc and dictated tweets to a pal over the jail telephone.
Following his launch from jail, Alig expressed regret for his actions and decadent life-style.
The story of Melendez’s homicide impressed the 2003 movie Get together Monster, starring Macaulay Culkin as Alig (pictured)
Michael Alig attends the ‘Glory Daze: The Life and Instances of Michael Alig’ New York Premiere at The Gamers Theatre in June 2015 in New York Metropolis
‘Eighteen years on, wanting again on the particular person I used to be at the moment, I really feel nothing however disgrace and disgust,’ Alig wrote in a bit revealed by the New York Publish in 2014. ‘I used to be a egocentric junkie who killed one other human being.’
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2017, Alig talked candidly about his battle with dependancy behind bars.
‘I went to jail hooked on heroin and it is a very tough drug to get off — particularly in jail,’ he mentioned.
‘I’d wean myself off, undergo the withdrawal, and count on to be feeling higher every week or a month later. And when that did not occur, I made a decision, ‘F*** it. I’ve dedicated this horrible crime, no one’s ever going to forgive me, I’d as nicely simply get excessive and never need to take care of it.”
Initially from Indiana, Alig moved to New York within the early Eighties to attend Fordham College however later dropped out and have become concerned within the New York underground membership scene as a promoter.
Even earlier than his conviction, Alig and his fellow Membership Youngsters had grabbed nationwide consideration for his or her outrageous Manhattan dance events that showcased intercourse, rampant drug use and over-the-top costumes.
Michael Alig is seen throughout his Pleasure get together at non-public location final June in New York Metropolis