Another sad story of drugs. TMZ has reported that 38 year old Canadian actor Corey Haim died this morning of an apparent overdose, that may have been accidental. His mother was at his home at the time as well. After he was pronounced dead at 3:30am, the police were called to St. Joseph’s hospital in Burbank, CA just before 4:00am to investigate.
You’ll remember him mostly from 80’s hit movies including The Lost Boys, where he co-starred with another 80’s star, Corey Feldman, Lucas, Murphy’s Romance, License to Drive, and Dream a Little Dream, among others. Since he had worked with Corey Feldman so many times, they were dubbed as The Two Coreys (pictured below). In fact, in 2006, Haim was ranked #8 for VH1’s Greatest Teen Stars. In 2007/2008, they both starred in an A&E reality TV show called The Two Coreys, where they both struggled to work on their relationship and issues, post addiction and falling outs.
His struggle with drugs is not new. In 2001, he suffered drug induced stroked and was rushed to the hospital in UCLA. He also had been in and out of addiction rehab programs about 15 times but when he moved to Toronto (where he was actually born) in 2004, he remained clean.
Haim started acting at a young age when his mom wanted him to get over his shyness. His breakout role was on a Canadian television show called The Edison Twins. Really eerie that this random show that I used to watch at like 7:00am before school when I was in elementary school actually just popped in my head the other day out of nowhere. I used to love the show. After a few smaller roles in some big films, his first big role was a main role alongside Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen, and Winona Ryder in the hit teen movie Lucas.
He continued a pretty successful career, and even produced some of his own stuff in the 90’s, but he filed for bankruptcy in 1997. After that, he tried to get back into the swing of things, but drugs really started to get in the way. He had been using uppers previously, but that changed, according to Haim:
“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. And that was just the Valium — I’m not talking about the other pills I went through.”
It seems as though his battle with drugs has come to an end in an unfavorable way. Rest in peace, Corey.