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  1. beena
    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.

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  1. Motorhead
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  2. Motorhead
    Haim had flu-like symptoms prior to death: police

    [imgl=black]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=13664&stc=1&d=1268239454[/imgl]Los Angeles police have confirmed Canadian actor Corey Haim died at age 38 early Wednesday, apparently from an accidental overdose, although police say the exact cause is unknown.

    Haim was taken to a Burbank hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:15 a.m. local time, according to the L.A. coroner's office.

    Haim had been living in an apartment in North Hollywood, police said. His mother Judy was said to have been with him in the apartment and she called 911.

    Sgt. William Mann said the actor had flu-like symptoms before he died and was taking over-the-counter and prescription medication.

    "He could have succumbed to whatever (illness) he had or it could have been drugs," Mann said. "Who knows? He has had a drug problem in the past."

    Acting to overcome shyness

    Born in Toronto in 1971, Haim's mother decided to enrol her son in acting classes as a way for him to get over his shyness.

    His first professional job was in the 1984 movie Firstborn. He also had a continuing role in the 1980s CBC-TV series The Edison Twins, which ran from 1982 to 1986.

    The actor won acclaim for his role in the 1986 movie Lucas, starring Winona Ryder and Charlie Sheen. He followed that up with a major role with his pal Corey Feldman in the vampire flick The Lost Boys in 1987.

    Haim soon became a teen idol and snared parts in films such as License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream.

    When his career hit the skids in the 1990s, Haim returned to Toronto. In 1997, he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, claiming medical debts and owing more than $200,000 US in taxes.

    In recent years, he had admitted to problems with drug abuse, calling himself a "chronic relapser" and was trying to get his life and career on track.

    Haim told Britain's The Sun newspaper in 2004 that he had been in and out of rehab about 15 times.

    "I lived in L.A. in the eighties, which was not the best place to be. I did cocaine for about a year and a half, then it led to crack," he said in the interview, adding that he also took both stimulants and sedatives, including Valium.

    Reality series like 'liquid honesty'

    He also starred in the reality series The Two Coreys with Feldman from 2007 to 2008. He later said he would never do another reality TV series.

    Feldman, who has also struggled with drug abuse and claims to be clean, said in 2008 that he had refused to talk to his buddy until he got sober.

    "I don't feel that he's a safe person to have around my wife and child at the moment, for a multitude of reasons," Feldman told People magazine in an August 2008 story.

    In a 2008 interview on the CBC Radio show Q, Haim admitted he wasn't happy with how he treated Feldman's wife on the reality show's first season, saying that being required to improvise in front of the camera lead to uncomfortable moments.

    "You know when you drink, it's like liquid honesty … it comes in different forms, too, like improv [because] your real emotions come up."

    Haim says while he's not proud of those reality moments, he wanted to "be real" in front of the cameras.

    "You do a reality show, you sign up to be naked."

    The performer had begun working again as an actor, with roles in small films such as Shark City and the horror film New Terminal Hotel.

    Haim had recently finished a film shot in New Brunswick called American Sunset.

    March 10, 2010
    CBC News with files from The Associated Press
    http://www.cbc.ca/arts/film/story/2010/03/10/haim-obit.html
  3. Motorhead
    'Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire.'-Tagline from The Lost Boys.

    Yet another celebrity death attributed to drugs. Its pretty dated now, but The Lost Boys brings back memories from my youth. RIP
  4. JayBee
    So sorry to read this news :(. Kinda suspected that this would eventually happen, due to Corey's (almost lifelong) struggles with hardcore drugs. May the bright personality he had, good that he's done, and the talent that he was, be always remembered, rather than everything being tainted and completely overshadowed by his addictions, emotional problems, etc.

    Corey, you will be missed, and not forgotten! Like a shooting star, you were brightly seen with us for a little while before you passed on "beyond the rim". In our hearts you will always be held in high esteem and loved.

    Rest In Peace, brother.
  5. pinksox
    Sad, but not surprising really.

    As most of us here know, mixing meds, is a quick ticket to death...much less abusing them daily like that and in those quantities.

    I really, really, really DO wish however that the powers that be would start slamming these docs who give celebs and the very wealthy a free pass to "buy" whatever drug they desire. Lifetime lose of license to practice in cases of OD--where the meds were prescribed in cocktail by one doc--or a patient obtaining mass quantities of the highly abuseable drugs by referrals the provider is also getting notes on(its pure bad practice not to follow through, read those reports, and make medication adjustments to the persons main medical record--but happens all-too-frequently even with gramdma and grampa) would be a great start(especially in cases where someone dies), criminal charges, and families filing civil suits to boot after would make even most of the docs who can be "bought" to clean up their acts and do what is right by their patients(and not best for their personal wallet). First rule of medicine and one every pracitioner has drilled into their head is, "First, do no harm."

    Just waaaay too many deaths going unanswered for with seemingly nothing at all being done about tracing these drugs back to the sources from which they were obtained. Whatever the source/s they need to start get more aggressive about finding and prosecuting them. Perhaps then, this long march of people long of cash, but short on common sense will slow to a crawl.
  6. EyesOfTheWorld
    Just because someone has/had drug problems doesnt automatically mean drugs are the cause of their death if they die young. From what i read, he came down with some kind of sickness, at some point it got so bad that the 38 year old man asked his mom to come lie down with him, during the night he was coughing, sounding sick etc. Doesn't necessarily sound like an OD to me. It would be like if SWIM dies of some rare genetic disease no one knew he had at age 41 or something, everyone would just assume it was drugs due to his past and admitted activities.
  7. RetroHousewife
    This really mad me sad. I was such a huge fan of both the Corey's back in the day, although Feldman was my favorite. I really liked Corey Haim and felt bad for him and actually kinda identified with him when everybody was jumping on him for his drug use. He might would have acted differently if they didn't ambush him on camera, or phrased it differently.

    I know I shoudln't speculate, but I wonder if the flulike symptoms might have been some kind of withdrawal and that killed him? I don't know and we won't know till the coroners report comes out, and that can take weeks.

    But I still grieved, wonder which ones of those 80s stars will show up at his funeral, and I wonder which ones had actually called him to offer support during the bad times?
  8. Nature Boy
    Now there's someone I would never have heard of had it not been a slow news week.
  9. beena
    ^ Perhaps you're too young (no offence!). It's a strange one this, but most females around SWIM's age will remember Corey Haim because for a really brief period in the mid-eighties to the late-eighties he was a major star and teen pin-up. SWIM remembers a time when all the girlie mags were plastered with his pictures: he was a real cutie.
    But as soon as he arrived he went away again. Talk about 15 minutes of fame, it was more like 15 seconds. Basically he was a really cute pre-pubescent boy who didn't cut it as a man in the same way he did as a boy - as horrible a thing as that is to say.
    Anyway, SWIM didn't know anything about the wild druggie days that presumeably followed (although she did google him a while ago out of curiosity to see what he looked like these days and was pretty shocked as to how much he'd changed. Basically he'd lost all his boyish good lucks and was fairly unfanceable - SWIM realises now that drugs may have played a part in ruining his looks).
    It's another sad tale of too much too young SWIM supposes - but it certainly ain't anything new.
  10. RetroHousewife
    I think he was a nice looking young man, if he would just quit plucking his eyebrows.

    Jodie Foster made the transition well from child to adult star, but she's one of the few.

    I watched "Lost Boys" last night just in tribute to Corey Haim. I do feel so damn bad about him. I just feel for him.

    I hope the reports do NOT show overdose, simply so he's vindicated.
  11. jkolt89
    Corey Haim's and Michael Jackson's death are a true shame and both are great a loss. Irregardless of legality they more examples of the urgent need for harm reduction programs. Corey Feldman, one of Haim's best friends, also seems to have made the transition between child to adult actor. It'd be easy me for me to stay home also If I had a wife as hot as he does.
  12. Motorhead
    Corey Haim's death linked to prescription drug probe, AG says

    [imgl=black]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=13702&stc=1&d=1268512253[/imgl]Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Corey Haim's death is linked to an "illegal and massive prescription-drug ring," California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Friday.

    Brown's office is investigating "an unauthorized prescription under the former child star's name that was found during an ongoing investigation of fraudulent prescription-drug pads ordered from a vendor in San Diego."

    "These prescriptions are very recent, and it involves Oxycontin and we're not talking just 40 pills, more than that," Brown said in an interview Friday with CNN Radio.

    The announcement comes before the coroner has ruled on what killed Haim, the 1980s teen movie actor who struggled for decades with drug addiction.

    Haim, 38, died early Wednesday after collapsing in the Los Angeles apartment he shared with his mother, authorities said.

    "Corey Haim's death is yet another tragedy linked to the growing problem of prescription-drug abuse," Brown said. "This problem is increasingly linked to criminal organizations, like the illegal and massive prescription-drug ring under investigation."

    Brown said the ring uses stolen doctor's identities to order prescription-drug pads that are used to write counterfeit prescriptions.

    "The doctor whose name is printed on the form is usually unaware that his or her identity has been stolen for this purpose," Brown said.

    Haim got two powerful drugs from a pharmacy 11 days before his death, according to a source with knowledge of the transaction.

    His primary-care doctor did not know about the prescriptions and called the pharmacy two days later to find out what Haim had been given, the source said.

    Brown's announcement did not specify whether any of the prescription drugs found in Haim's apartment after his death were illegally obtained.

    Several prescription-drug bottles were taken from Haim's apartment, Los Angeles County Deputy Coroner Ed Winter said Friday.

    Although the bottles indicated the drugs included Vicodin, Valium and Soma, no tests have been done to confirm what they are, he said.

    Haim had a prescription for the muscle relaxer Soma and the narcotic pain reliever Norco filled at a pharmacy on February 26, a source with knowledge of the transaction said.

    Two days after Haim personally picked up the drugs, his primary-care doctor called the San Fernando Valley pharmacy to ask about the prescriptions, the source said.

    The doctor said that "Haim was not feeling well" and he needed to know what drugs had been prescribed for the actor, the source said.

    The source, who worked at the pharmacy, asked not to be identified because his employer had not authorized him to talk.

    Haim's manager, Mark Heaslip, and close friend Corey Feldman both said Haim began seeing an addiction specialist two weeks before his death.

    Tiffany Shepis, who was engaged to be married to Haim last May, said on HLN's "Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell" that he was taking large amounts of Valium and Vicodin during their yearlong relationship.

    "You're talking about a person that, at the time when I knew him, you know, was ingesting 40 some-odd pills a day," Shepis said.

    Although the autopsy showed Haim's heart was enlarged and he had fluid in his lungs, the coroner's chief investigator said a drug overdose has not been ruled out as the cause of the actor's death.

    "You can have somebody with an enlarged heart and some other medical conditions, but you don't know if the actual cause of death is from illegal substances, medication or heart failure," Los Angeles County Deputy Coroner Ed Winter said Friday.

    Heaslip said the enlarged heart was evidence that Haim's death was not caused by a drug overdose, but Winter disputed that.

    "There were some preliminary findings and we agreed to let the mother know what those were," Winter said. "It was explained to her that even though this is some preliminary findings that the doctor observed, there wouldn't be a final cause of death until the final toxicology tests are back."

    The cause of death may not be determined for another six weeks, Winter said.

    Feldman, a longtime friend and frequent co-star, asked Wednesday that people not "jump the gun" to conclude a drug overdose killed Haim.

    Heaslip, manager to both Feldman and Haim, said Haim had seemed to be winning his battle against drug abuse in the weeks before his death.

    Haim was "weaned down to literally zero medications" by an addiction specialist in the two weeks before his death, Heaslip said.

    The doctor "put him on a new line of medications," Feldman said on CNN's "Larry King Live" Wednesday.

    Haim's death came as his career was picking up, with Haim booking "movie after movie," Heaslip said. His latest film is set for release soon, he said.

    Haim's most famous role was in the 1987 movie "The Lost Boys," in which he appeared with Feldman. Haim played the role of a fresh-faced teenager whose brother becomes a vampire.

    In later years, the two friends, who appeared in eight movies together, struggled with drug abuse and went their separate ways. They reunited for a reality show, "The Two Coreys," in 2007, but A&E Network canceled the program after slightly more than a year.

    In a 2007 interview on CNN's "Larry King Live," Haim and Feldman discussed their battles with drugs. Feldman told King that he had gotten clean, but it took Haim longer.

    Haim called himself "a chronic relapser for the rest of my life."

    "I think I have an addiction to pretty much everything," he said. "I mean, I have to be very careful with myself as far as that goes, which is why I have a support group around me consistently."

    Haim was born December 23, 1971, in Toronto, Ontario, according to a biography on his Web site. He made his first television appearance in 1982 on the Canadian series "The Edison Twins." His first film role was in the 1984 American movie "First Born."

    Haim also won rave reviews for his title role in the 1986 film "Lucas." Film critic Roger Ebert said of him at the time, "If he continues to act this well, he will never become a half-forgotten child star, but will continue to grow into an important actor."

    After "The Lost Boys," Haim and Feldman appeared in "License to Drive" and "Dream a Little Dream."

    March 12, 2010
    Alan Duke
    CNN Entertainment
    http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/03/12/corey.haim.drug.probe/?hpt=T2
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