10 Mar Corey Haim Dies of Apparent Prescription Drug Overdose
Former teen idol Corey Haim died Wednesday morning of an apparent drug overdose, according to Los Angeles police. Haim, who has battled an addiction to prescription drugs for years, collapsed in the bedroom of his mother’s Oakwood apartment just before 1 a.m., police sources told TMZ.com.
Nancy Dillon and Stephanie Gaskell of the New York Daily News report that Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told RadarOnline.com that when emergency personnel arrived, the 38-year-old actor was alive but weak and complaining of flu-like symptoms. Haim’s mother, Judy, called 911 at 12:53 a.m. after he was found unresponsive. Haim was rushed to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, where he was pronounced dead at 2:15 a.m.
Law enforcement sources said four prescription bottles were found nearby, according to TMZ.com, but said his death appeared to be accidental.
Haim’s mother told RadarOnline.com that the actor moved in with her to help care for her while she undergoes chemotherapy for breast cancer. "I am a cancer victim and Corey was helping me at home," she said. "He was a good boy. I’m devastated by his death."
The Canadian-born actor starred in the 1987 vampire flick "The Lost Boys," but was probably best known for his rocky relationship with co-star Corey Feldman. Feldman has not commented on the loss of his longtime friend.
The Los Angeles coroner’s office said an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause of death. "There were no signs of trauma," a spokesman at the coroner’s office told the Daily News.
Haim, who has been in and out of rehab, also starred in "The Two Coreys," a reality show with Feldman that aired in 2007 and 2008. The show was cancelled during its second season. Feldman reportedly refused to continue working with Haim until he sought help for his drug addiction.
Haim, in a 2007 interview with Britain’s The Sun newspaper, talked about his struggle with drugs, specifically prescription pain killers.
"I started on the downers which were a hell of a lot better than the uppers because I was a nervous wreck. But one led to two, two led to four, four led to eight, until at the end it was about 85 a day – the doctors could not believe I was taking that much," he said.
"And that was just the Valium – I’m not talking about the other pills I went through."
Haim, who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1997, also admitted to abusing cocaine and crack.
In 2007 told ABC’s "Nightline" that drugs had ruined his career. "I feel like with myself I ruined myself to the point where I wasn’t functional enough to work for anybody, even myself," he said. "I wasn’t working."
Haim’s official website was last updated on Jan. 18 and promotes his upcoming film, a thriller titled "American Sunset."
A woman who worked at a convenience store located inside the apartment complex said Haim came in on Tuesday to buy food and cigarettes and "appeared to be upbeat and in good spirits," according to RadarOnline.com.
Born in Toronto, Haim began acting at the age of 10. He got his big break in 1986 with the film "Lucas" and then with "The Lost Boys," co-starring Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland. He later starred alongside Heather Graham in the cult classic "License to Drive."
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