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Originally posted 03/11/2010 03:00PM
Even through punishing shame and addiction haze, Corey Haim could always find the words to articulate his demons – no more so than in 2008, when he opened up to PEOPLE in a candid interview that foreshadowed his continued struggles and tragic end.
"I'm a chronic relapser," Haim, who was then 36, said at the time. "I guess I always will be."
Here is Haim in his own words, chronicling his experience with an all-too-familiar Hollywood storyline: Early success as a child actor, which brought money, fame and substance abuse. He also delved into the rift with fellow actor and longtime friend Corey Feldman, with whom he had an A&E reality show, The Two Coreys, which documented their lives during two seasons.
Originally posted 03/10/2010 06:45PM
Corey Haim's movie career probably reached its highpoint with one well-regarded, well-remembered vampire movie, 1987's The Lost Boys. That title became the sadly ironic tag that followed his descent from success to his tragic end, another premature Hollywood death in a shockingly short span.
The cute kid with the tangled hair and the curling upper lip that hinted at hip self-awareness – well, he was sidelined. He was replaced by a spaced-out stranger who often looked bloated – he claimed at one point to have weighed 285 pounds after spending almost a decade as a shut-in, depressed and in bed.
For a long time, he seemed to stumble around, no longer able to clearly articulate a sad, complicated life story of drugs and sexual abuse. He truly was a lost boy.
"Corey had a tremendous saboteur inside of him. And that saboteur he surrendered to," says Dr. Nicki J. Monte, Haim’s on-screen therapist for the reality show The Two Coreys. "He was living under the spell of his addiction and he was never able to break that spell."
Originally posted 03/10/2010 02:05PM
In a statement released Wednesday after Corey Haim's untimely death at age 38, longtime friend and frequent costar Corey Feldman expressed grief at the loss of his "best friend."
Originally posted 03/10/2010 01:15PM
From Lucas to Lost Boys, take a look back at the life and times of the once-promising child star
Originally posted 03/10/2010 01:25PM
In 2008, Todd Bridges appeared on an episode of the A&E reality show The Two Coreys in an attempt to help Corey Haim get sober. Now, hours after his friend died at age 38, the Diff'rent Strokes star is adding his voice to the number of celebrities paying tribute.
"Corey Haim was a good friend of mine and he will be missed," Bridges says in a statement. "Too many people are dying way too young and it's sad because of the loved ones who are left behind to understand what happened and to feel the loss. I hope he's in a better place."
Bridges also says he hopes that Haim's passing will help people who are struggling with sobriety to look closely at their lives.
"I will always love my Brother, and I will never judge him," his statement continues. "I understand his pain, but I also know now there is a way out. I hope anyone who is dealing with the same stuff gets out before it's too late. Don't let the death of others fool you into thinking that it cannot happen to you. If you play with fire, you will get burned.
"God bless Cory and I hope you’re at peace." – Charlotte Triggs
Originally posted 03/10/2010 12:45PM
Corey Haim had been suffering from flu-like symptoms for several days before finally stumbling in front of his mother at her Los Angeles apartment early Wednesday morning, a coroner spokesman confirms.
"Some time after midnight, he got up, he was dizzy and unsteady on his feet and knelt down," L.A. County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter tells PEOPLE. "His mom helped him to a bed and he became unresponsive in about a minute or so. She dialed 911 and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 2:15 a.m."
The death of the former '80s heartthrob at age 38 has been ruled inconclusive pending an autopsy and toxicology test. But Winter says, "LAPD believes it was a possible drug overdose."
Originally posted 03/10/2010 11:50AM
As news of Corey Haim's death spread over the Internet, celebrities took to Twitter to express their condolences over the troubled actor, who was found dead at his mother's home early Wednesday.
Alyssa Milano (who once dated Haim): Just woke up to the sad, sad news that Corey Haim passed away. RIP sweet boy.
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Christina Applegate: My thoughts go out to Corey's family and friends today. So sad.
Originally posted 03/10/2010 11:30AM
Corey Haim shot to fame in the '80s in a fleet of popular teen movies – and was associated throughout his career with his friend, and fellow "Corey," Corey Feldman. His first major break came in 1986's Lucas. But it was perhaps 1987's vampire flick The Lost Boys that brought Haim the most renown, and started his association with Feldman. Other notable career highlights included 1988's License to Drive and 1989's Dream a Little Dream.
Originally posted 03/10/2010 08:30AM
Former teen star Corey Haim died Wednesday morning, Los Angeles police confirmed. He was 38.
"Mr. Haim was declared dead at 2:15 a.m. at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center [in Burbank, Calif.]," Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the Los Angeles County coroner's office tells PEOPLE of the Lost Boys star. "He was transported to the hosptial where he was pronounced dead."
L.A. County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter says the official cause of death for the actor, who had a long history of substance-abuse problems, is inconclusive pending an autopsy and toxicology tests. Winter said the LAPD believes Haim may have died from a possible accidental overdose.
An autopsy will likely be performed Thursday, according to MacWillie. Haim was found unresponsive at his mother's Burbank-area apartment.
Police Sgt. Michael Kammert said there was no evidence of foul play.
Originally posted 08/01/2008 02:00PM
A week after '80s idol Corey Feldman told PEOPLE he will no longer speak to longtime friend Corey Haim until Haim gets sober, one of their final heated arguments is about to be aired.
In an exclusive clip from an upcoming episode of the A&E reality series The Two Coreys, Feldman and his wife call on two close pals – former teen stars Todd Bridges and Pauly Shore – in an effort to get Haim to admit he needs help.
Having been scheduled to film a cameo appearance in the direct-to-DVD sequel to The Lost Boys, Haim appeared on the set clearly under the influence, stumbling and slurring his speech. A few days later, Feldman staged the meeting at his house, with less-than-stellar results.
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