Travis Barker: “My Brother Is Gone”

Travis Barker and DJ AM arrive at the T-Mobile Sidekick LX launch event on May 14, 2009 in Hollywood, California. Charley Gallay/Getty Images

For the first time since DJ AM's death, Travis Barker — who survived a tragic plane crash with the celebrity DJ nearly a year ago — opens up about the loss of his friend.

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"Don't know how I am gonna play 2night but I am for AM," the Blink-182 drummer, 33, posted on Twitter Saturday night before the band's concert in Hartford, Connecticut. "My brother is gone. I love u and miss u, I'll never forget all the good times we had."

He continued: "I'll never forget everything we've been through and every time I play the drums, I'll think of you. U were an amazing friend/DJ/human being."

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Both Barker — who suffered second- and third-degree burns after a Learjet caught fire during an aborted takeoff in South Carolina, leaving four others dead, on Sept. 19 — and DJ AM (whose real name is Adam Goldstein) had said they were just thankful "to be alive" after the crash.

"Rest in peace, my brother," he Tweeted. "This really f***s me up."

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On Friday, Barker's estranged wife, Shanna Moakler, told Us exclusively that she couldn't imagine how Barker was handling the news.

"My deepest condolences are to DJ AM — he was a great artist and will be severely missed," she said. "My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. My support and love goes out to Travis as I know how hard this is for him and how close they were."

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