Michael Alig Wiki – Michael Alig Biography
Michael Alig was a American club promoter, who dies of apparent heroin overdose inside his Manhattan home Christmas morning. He spent 17 years in prison for murdering and dismembering his drug dealer.
He was found dead inside his Washington Heights apartment on W. 159th St. by his ex-boyfriend about 3 a.m. and called police, officials said.
He was one of the ringleaders of the Club Kids, a group of young New York City clubgoers who became a cultural phenomenon in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Alig was also a group of young New York City clubgoers who became a cultural phenomenon in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Bye Party Monster @Alig_Aligula I interviewed him at a NYC nightclub in 2016. He made the interview under a large speaker so literally no sound was recorded. Surreal. #michaelalig pic.twitter.com/XDLDTNBUmg
— Daniel Lismore (@daniellismore) December 25, 2020
Michael Alig has died at the age of 54-years-old as of 2020.
He was Born on April 29, 1966 in South Bend, Indiana. Alig is the second of two sons born to John and Elke Alig. His mother, a native of Bremerhaven, Germany, moved to the United States after marrying his father, a computer programmer. The couple divorced when Alig was four years old.
Alig attended Grissom Middle School and Penn High School, where he was a straight A student and graduated in the top 8% of his class.
During his teenage years, Alig reported that he was often bullied because of his homosexuality. Seeking a less conservative social environment after graduating in 1984, he attended Fordham University in New York City.
He studied architecture there before transferring to the Fashion Institute of Technology. There, he met the boyfriend of artist Keith Haring, who introduced Alig to New York City nightlife. Alig soon dropped out of school and began working at Danceteria as a bus boy.
In February 2017, he was arrested for trespassing and smoking crystal meth in a park outside Bronx Supreme Court.
A cop caught him in Joyce Kilmer Park in Concourse about 1:30 a.m., according to officials. Police found a bag of crystal meth and a pipe with residue from the drug in his jacket pocket.
Alig’s Club Kids
While working at Danceteria, Alig studied the nightclub business and soon became a party promoter. His ability to stage memorable parties helped him rise in New York’s party scene.
During this time, Alig and other regular clubgoers began creating flamboyant personas, and later became known as “Club Kids”.
The Club Kids wore outrageous costumes that former Club Kid and celebutante James St. James later described as “part drag, part clown, part infantilism”.
They were also known for their frequent use of ketamine (known as Special K), Ecstasy, Rohypnol, heroin, and cocaine. Alig’s Club Kids included (among others): “Ernie Glam”, “Gitsie”, “Jennytalia”, “Superstar DJ Keoki”, Amanda Lepore, Charlie “Dash” Prestano, Joshua Davis, “Richie Rich”, Robert “Freeze” Riggs, RuPaul, and “Walt Paper”.
The Club Kids’ outrageousness became a source of interest for the media, and articles about them appeared in such media outlets as Newsweek, People, and TIME. They also appeared on Donahue, Geraldo, and The Joan Rivers Show.
In 1988, Alig was hired by the owner of The Limelight, Peter Gatien. Alig’s parties at The Limelight were such a hit that he began organizing parties for Gatien’s other clubs: Club USA, the Palladium, and Tunnel.
Alig’s notorious “Outlaw Parties”, which were thrown in various unconventional places including a Burger King, a Dunkin’ Donuts, abandoned houses, and a subway, helped to revitalize the downtown New York City club scene which Village Voice columnist Michael Musto declared had atrophied after artist Andy Warhol died in 1987.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) December 25, 2020
Cause of Death
He was found dead inside his Washington Heights apartment on W. 159th St. by his ex-boyfriend about 3 a.m. and called police, officials said. The ex-boyfriend said Alig had been doing drugs and some heroin was found in the apartment, police sources said.
Cops sealed the apartment with a large green sticker Friday, preventing anyone from coming into the apartment as the investigation continued.