The child-star actor Corey Haim, popular in many films in the eighties, has died of a suspected accidental overdose aged 38, the Los Angeles coroner's office has confirmed.
A spokeswoman said he passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning at Providence St Joseph Medical Centre.
A post-mortem will determine the cause of death and no other details have been released as yet.
The Canadian-born star's first role was in the 1984 hit Firstborn. In recent years, he appeared in reality TV show The Two Coreys with friend Corey Feldman who, like Haim, had risen to stardom as a child actor in the early 80's. The two Coreys had co-starred in many films together and were friends both on and off-screen. They had also both struggled with addiction to drugs as their film careers began to dwindle.
The show was cancelled after two series in 2008.
Haim's major break was in 1986, when he landed the lead role alongside Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder in the popular movie Lucas. Haim received nomination for an Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Starring in a Feature Film – Comedy or Drama at the Young Artist Awards for his role as the title character. Following the success of Lucas, Haim starred in the 1987 television series Roomies.
Haim was perhaps best known for his role in cult-classic The Lost Boys, also in 1987 a tongue-in-cheek vampire horror flick starring alongside fellow actors' Feldman, Jason Patric and Keifer Sutherland.
As Haim's career dwindled in the 90's he began experimenting with drugs, notably uppers and downers and he later spoker openly about his troubles.
In 1997 he filed for bankruptcy and spent time in rehab.
In 2000 he tried to relaunch his career but drugs were obviously still a problem, with Haim saying:
"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".
In 2004 Haim seemed to be getting his life back on track and settled in Toronto. In 2006, he was ranked #8 on VH1's Greatest Teen Stars and later that year filming began on the reality series he starred in with Feldman. The show aired in June 2007 and both Feldman and Haim signed for a second series.
Haim was nominated for a Viewer's Choice Award at the 22nd Annual Gemini Awards in Canada for his role in The Two Coreys. He was voted #8 in the category of "Favourite Canadian" on a TV Series (not eligible for a Gemini) for his role in the A&E show.
In February 2008 Haim appeared in The Lost Boys: The Tribe, a sequel to his 1987 hit film. He had hitherto refused a role in the film and when he did appear it turned out to be a brief cameo toward the end of the film.
Meanwhile Feldman had fallen out with Haim, claiming he would not speak or work with him until he had sorted out his addictions. A&E decided not to commission a 3rd series of their reality show.
Haim starred in film Shark City later in 2008 and allegedly had two films lined up for 2010.
On March 10, 2010 it was reported that Corey Haim was taken to hospital in California and pronounced dead at 2:15 a.m. (PST). According to CBS News, Haim died of an apparent accidental drug overdose.