“Membership Child Killer” Michael Alig — the famously flamboyant get together promoter who ended up busted for homicide — was discovered useless Thursday inside his New York Metropolis residence fafter an obvious drug overdose, officers mentioned.
The 54-year-old former scene fixture-turned-slay convict was found by an ex-boyfriend simply earlier than midnight in his Washington Heights pad, authorities mentioned.
Alig’s ex “was there and noticed him unconscious and referred to as 911,” a police supply mentioned. “[Alig] was on his facet.”
Detectives recovered a number of zip-lock plastic baggage, apparently containing heroin, from the house, in addition to drug paraphernalia, officers mentioned.
Alig’s loss of life was the ultimate chapter in a sordid, sensational — and decidedly cautionary — story about striving to turn out to be well-known within the Massive Apple and finally succumbing to its excesses.
He was recognized in his heyday because the self-proclaimed “King of the Membership Children,” a gaggle of outrageously dressed, drug-fueled hedonists staging probably the most sought-after nightclub events within the Eighties and early Nineties.
Alig advised The Publish in an unique article in 2014 how he grew up as a homosexual particular person in South Bend, Ind., carrying Izod — and felt as if he had lastly come residence after arriving within the New York in 1984.
He moved to town to attend Fordham College — and rapidly met a fellow scholar referred to as Ludovic who modified the course of his life.
The younger man, the boyfriend of famed pop artist Keith Haring, took Alig to a celebration that his beau was throwing on the now-defunct Space membership on Hudson Road.
Ludovic wore underwear and white physique paint as he swept the pair previous the doorman.
As soon as inside, Alig mentioned he was hooked.
“[I was] a misfit from the Midwest who got here to New York Metropolis looking for acceptance, alternative and an entire lot of enjoyable,’’ Alig recalled to The Publish.
“As a homosexual teen coming to phrases with my sexuality, I used to be overwhelmed and exhilarated. It was liberating,’’ he wrote of the wild scene, which included androgyny icon Grace Jones partying amongst about 300 different folks.
“Discuss being in the proper place on the time,’’ Alig mentioned. “Whereas the remainder of the nation was entrenched in miserable Reaganomics and [the anti-drug campaign] ‘Simply say no,’ downtown New York nightlife was having a second.”
What a second it was.
“Fabulous” was the phrase of the day. The wilder, extra eccentric the make-up, hair and costumes, the higher — and nobody was held in additional esteem within the hierarchy of alien-looking club-hoppers than a gender-bending man with an entourage.
Alig dropped out of college and joined the circuit, donning his personal model of garish make-up and outlandish outfits to host events on the Tunnel, Limelight and different nightclubs.
He grew to become a part of the scene’s unique, trend-setting group often known as the “Membership Children’’ who had been “paid merely to indicate up and convey a little bit of fabulousness to the combo,’’ Alig recalled.
However with the excess-fueled fame and fortune got here harmful trappings, too, together with medicine.
Alig started ingesting heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine with the perfect of them, in addition to closely boozing.
In March 1996, Alig and one other buddy, Robert “Freeze” Riggs, bought right into a beef with a small-time drug-peddling pal, Angel Melendez, whereas they had been all on ketamine. Alig recalled to The Publish how he and Riggs beat Melendez to loss of life, then dismembered his physique and tossed the components into the Hudson River.
The killers had been ultimately caught and pleaded responsible to manslaughter.
Alig spent 14 years behind bars earlier than being launched in 2014. Riggs was freed in 2010.
The fallen promoter tried to go straight after jail by persevering with to hone a talent he picked up behind bars — portray.
However he continued to battle his seemingly ever-present demons, getting busted for possession of crystal meth close to Yankee Stadium in 2017.
Alig additionally was homeless on and off — admitting in 2018 that he turned to the gay-hook-up web site Grindr at one level when he ran out of cash “simply to have some place to sleep’’ and at the least as soon as discovered himself tenting out below a bridge.
When he got here clear about his ongoing points and was requested why it took him so lengthy to confess to them, he mentioned, “I didn’t actually need to publicize it an excessive amount of as a result of I didn’t need it to finish up on Web page Six.
“It will be embarrassing.”
The ex-con moved into the Higher Manhattan residence about six months in the past, neighbors mentioned — and there was obvious bother from almost the beginning.
“I used to listen to plenty of drama from his place —lots of people screaming,’’ next-door neighbor Elvis Miller, 27, advised The Publish on Friday. “Guys ready eight hours outdoors his door, asking for him, asking for, ‘Michael.’
“He was at all times, like, performing somewhat bit out of his thoughts, like his nervous system wasn’t OK,’’ mentioned Miller, who moved into the constructing 4 months in the past. “He was stumbling, at all times speeding, at all times anxious.
“The final time I noticed him, a man was knocking and asking for him. Lately.”
Miller, when advised that Alig was useless, responded, “Oh my God! He died?! I’m in shock. I noticed the police automobile right here final evening. I didn’t understand it was for him.”
Extra reporting by Kevin Sheehan