Michael Alig

American club promoter, murderer and socialite

Michael Alig (April 29, 1966 – December 25, 2020) was an American nightclub promoter and convicted felon. He was one of the ringleaders of the Club Kids.[1]

Michael Alig
Alig in 2015
Born(1966-04-29)April 29, 1966
DiedDecember 25, 2020(2020-12-25) (aged 54)
Occupation(s)Club promoter, artist
Conviction(s)First-degree manslaughter sentencing - death
Criminal chargeFirst-degree manslaughter
Penalty10 to 20 years
Partner(s)Robert D. "Freeze" Riggs
VictimsAndre "Angel" Melendez
DateMarch 17, 1996
CountryUnited States
State(s)New York
Location(s)New York City
Date apprehended
November 1997

In March 1996, Alig and his roommate, Robert D. "Freeze" Riggs, killed fellow Club Kid Andre "Angel" Melendez over a drug debt. In October 1997, Alig pled guilty to first-degree manslaughter. Both men were sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. Alig was released on May 5, 2014.[2]

On December 25, 2020, Alig was found dead by his partner at their Manhattan, New York City home after overdosing on heroin, aged 54.[3]


  1. Bollen, Christopher. "Michael Alig". Interview Magazine. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  2. Selbry, Jenn (May 5, 2014). "Michael Alig released from jail: Infamous Club Kids 'Party Monster' convicted of murdering and dismembering roommate freed". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  3. "Club kid killer Michael Alig dies of heroin overdose inside his Manhattan home Christmas morning". New York Daily News. December 25, 2020. {{cite news}}: Cite uses deprecated parameter |authors= (help)