Michael Alig, a longstanding tabloid fixture of New York City and a notorious promoter of its nightlife, died on Friday at his apartment in Washington Heights. He was 54.
The cause was an accidental heroin overdose, his mother, Elke Blair, said on Saturday.
Mr. Alig was known in New York City nightlife circles as a creative, canny promoter and as a pioneer of visual spectacle long before he became infamous.
He appeared on the cover of New York magazine in March 1988 under the headline “Club Kids.”
That article gave him and his followers both a name and a platform