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Barker, DJ AM recovering from second-, third-degree burns but full recovery expected

Travis Barker and DJ AM at LAX in the Luxor on June 18, 2008.
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Updated at 2:48 p.m.

Luxe Life has been notified by doctors at the Joseph M. Still Burn center at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta that there will be no further comments or information pertaining to the conditions of Travis Barker and Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein. The new 'veil of silence' ruling was sent to media representatives around the world moments ago but no reason was given.

"We will share no further comments on their conditions while they are being treated in the hospital," said a spokesperson. " Any future updates will come from their representatives when they are ready to address them."

Adam Goldstein's representative, Jenni Weinman, said she will field all inquiries from now on but won't be making any statements until the two burned victims are well on the road to a full recovery.

Originally published at 7:35 a.m., updated at 11:21 a.m.

Burn medical specialists treating plane crash victims Travis Barker and Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein, spoke for the first time moments ago about their life-threatening injuries. “They remain in critical but stable condition but we do expect them to make a full recovery over a period of time,” said one doctor.

It may take as long as one year for Travis and Adam to make a full recovery, according to the burn center medical staff.

Dr. Fred Mullins reported that Adam was burned on his hands and part of his head and that Travis was burned on his torso. "They are in critical but stable condition," he said. "They are being treated for both second- and third-degree burns. They have no other injuries."

Travis Barker at LAX on June 18, 2008.

Travis Barker at LAX on June 18, 2008.

DJ AM and Travis Barker at LAX in the Luxor in on June 18, 2008.

DJ AM and Travis Barker at LAX in the Luxor in on June 18, 2008.

Travis Barker at LAX on June 18.

Travis Barker at LAX on June 18.

Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein at LAX.

Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein at LAX.

A new report on the patients' conditions will be updated at 1 p.m. today, Pacific time. Meantime, Adam and Travis are being personally treated by burn surgeon, Dr Claus Brandigi and Dr. Mullins, medical director of the burn center.

Members of the Barker and Goldstein families shared the following with the doctors:

“Both Travis Barker and Adam Goldstein (DJ AM) are currently being treated for second and third degree burns. Barker suffered from burns on his torso and lower body and Goldstein suffered from burns on his arm, and a portion of his scalp. Since both Barker and Goldstein are in overal l good health and didn't suffer from any other crash-related complications, a full recovery is expected. The families wish to thank fans from all over the world for their prayers and concern. Deepest sympathy is expressed to the loved ones of those who perished in the crash. As the two recuperate and mourn this loss, privacy for them, their families, and friends is requested at this time."

Friends of Travis and Adam may share their well-wishes by clicking on to the hospital’s Web site,, then click on Visitors, then click on Email a Patient.

Barker, the former Blink 182 drummer; and, DJ AM, the disc jockey; were severely burned when they jumped from a Learjet that crashed on takeoff Friday night after a concert in South Carolina returning to Los Angeles. Adam is an investor partner and resident headliner at LAX nightclub in the Luxor, and regular Vegas visitor Travis regularly performed here, often accompanying Adam, on drums.

Travis and Adam were on fire at the crash scene and tried to put out each other’s flames by ripping their clothes off. Adam managed to telephone his mother to say they’d been in an accident but were alive and Travis telephoned his former wife, Playboy centerfold and former Miss USA Shanna Moakler. She immediately flew from their Calabasas, Calif. home to Augusta along with Adam’s sister, Lara and brother in law, Benjamin Long – and along with dozens of fans are now maintaining a round-the-clock vigil at the hospital.

Both men were treated by emergency ambulance personnel at the scene of the fiery wreck. The plane failed to lift off from the runway, skidded and crashed through a fence and across a five-lane highway before breaking apart on an embankment. The two pilots and two other passengers were killed in the tragedy.

Reportedly, under protest, Travis and Adam were given knockout shots so they’d remain unconscious in a coma while being transported by helicopter and ambulance to the burn center in the adjoining state.

The two musicians are at the Joseph M Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Beth Frits, the center’s media relations director, said: “ They're receiving the urgent care they need. You couldn't be at a better place. We are the largest burn center in the country. We treat over 3,000 patients a year. Our patients in the burn unit, typically are receiving one on one patient care,"

In the first 24 hours of treatment little information is released but sources say that DJ AM is burned on more than 50 percent of his body with the worst and most severe burns on his face and was severely burned "mostly from the waist down."

“We don't know how long it will take for both men to recover. It depends on each patient and the severity of their injuries. A burn injury affects the entire body and it affects all of the organs of the body, so it's just really hard to say -- but it will be a long fight," Frits added.

Its reported that DJ AM is being “kept in an incubator with oxygen treatments” as part of the process in order to prevent infection in a totally sterile environment. When the time is right burned skin will be removed and skin grafts will commence.

Although Travis and Shanna were divorced they maintained close contact because of their two children, son Landon, age 4 and daughter Alabama, age 2 – and in fact they attended Janet Jackson’s Los Angeles concert just two days before the plane crash. Shanna’s mother, Gail Moakler flew to Los Angeles immediately to take care of the children while Shanna flew to Georgia.

She commented: “We are totally crushed. Our heart pours out. We’re hoping he recovers. We are saying our prayers and the family is rallying for him but we haven’t told the little children yet. There's still love between them. They may be divorced, but they're still very close. They spend a lot of time together because their priorities are their kids."

The youngsters have yet to be told about the incident. "We're waiting a bit to see what God brings," says their grandmother, who adds, "Shanna spoke to Travis last night. He was defiant after the accident and didn't want to be lifted in a helicopter, but rather an ambulance, so they had to knock him out."”

Luxe Life also learned that DJ AM sent a photo of himself standing beside the plane before takeoff, from his cell phone to a friend saying, “I’m on my way home.” His sister and brother-in-law said: “Nobody expects something like this. We are in shock.”

Meanwhile Hollywood friends have shown an outpouring of love – and grief. Lindsay Lohan was the first to post a message on her own blog:

“This is horrible news. Please send your prayers out to adam goldstien and travis barker—along with the others lost in the plane crash...

"it's so scary to think that life can end so fast...we must all treasure each and every moment—and be thankful for what we have...all my love..xoxo...L”

Pete Wentz and his band, Fall Out Boy, released a statement: “ We are deeply saddened and extend our sympathies to the families of those who were in the crash, Our band would like to reach out and put those who were a part of this tragedy and their families in our prayers, and as well our continued support for the recovery of those who survived," the statement reads. "It's times like these that we are reminded -- in the worst possible way -- to honor life. Chris [Baker] was a rad guy. He always had a way to get us to smile on tour, no matter what situation we were in, and he was truly beloved. In the next few days, more information will emerge and we will more fully understand the extent of this terrible tragedy," the statement continues. "In the meantime, we want to encourage anyone reading this to simply tell the people you love how you feel."

Lindsay’s fiance, DJ Samantha Ronson, who will be playing at Rain in the Palms here next Saturday night ,added on her blog: "my good friend adam (dj am) was in a plane crash last night, he was lucky to survive but is still in the hospital being treated for burns (so i read). i don't really know what to say, it's such horrifying news, but i was hoping you guys would please send him your best wishes/ prayers because I don't really know what else to do. also for travis barker, who was on the plane. four other people were on the plane and did not survive, i can't even imagine the pain their families must be in. soooooo sad and i'm so sorry. take good care of yourselves, samantha xo."

Philadelphia rapper Beanie Siegel, who recently collaborated with Barker on a few songs, said in his statement that he’d been told about the crash by his manager. "I was just with Travis and the whole squad in Vegas," he said. "Man, that news of the tragedy took me like, 'Wow.' It's just a blessing he survived. It got me thinking, like, 'Is it all worth it?' This lifestyle and all the traveling we do. It was cool working with Travis. We didn't sit in the studio together, but I laid [down] my vocals and sent it to him. He called back and said he loved the record. He said he wanted to do the music over and make the record we did have an even bigger sound."

One of those who died in the plane crash was Travis Barker’s assistant and manager of his ‘ Fast Life’ clothing boutique in Los Angeles, 29-year-old Chris “Lil Chris’ Baker. Their store features pop-punk gear and Travis had told me at a recent Hard Rock car rally event that he hoped they could open a branch here in Vegas sometime in the future. Silent and shocked fans and staffers there turned off the music and decorated a motorcycle outside the store in his memory yesterday . They covered it with yellow flowers and a t-shirt. Others left sympathy cards and messages of “speedy recovery” for Travis.


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