Corey Haim dead: Lost Boy lost

Mar 10, 2010 at 3:21 p.m. ET

The 1980s teen icon that starred in legendary films like Lucas, The Lost Boys and License to Drive was pronounced dead this morning. Initially, the call was "apparent overdose," but police are now backtracking and saying an autopsy will determine the cause of death.

Corey Haim - dead at age 38

"As he got out of bed, he felt a little weak and went down to the floor on his knees," Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told the Associated Press.

Haim had been living with his mother and helping her in her battle against cancer, so she was on-hand to call the paramedics. He was rushed to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, where he was pronounced dead at 2:15 am, March 10.

As with Brittany Murphy's untimely death, it is reported that Haim was experiencing flulike symptoms before he died and getting over-the-counter prescription medications.

"He could have succumbed to whatever (illness) he had or it could have been drugs," Police Sgt William Mann told the AP. "He has had a drug problem in the past."

Haim's history of drug abuse was no secret. He's openly discussed his multiple stints in rehab and his ongoing battle to remain sober, telling Larry King in 2007 that he would be, "a chronic relapser for the rest of my life."

"I was working on Lost Boys when I smoked my first joint," he told The Sun during a sober spell in 2004. "I did cocaine for about a year and a half, and then it led to crack."

Ready for a comeback in 2006, he teamed up with the "other" Corey, '80s star and pal Corey Feldman, in A&E's reality-improv show The Two Coreys. The series initially gave Haim a boost, winning him acclaim in his home country of Canada -- but it was cancelled after two seasons -- with Feldman ultimately pointing to Haim's addiction. "We are saddened by the tragic loss of Corey Haim who we had the pleasure to work with on the series The Two Coreys' tweets A&E. "Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time."

Sadly, there are reports circulating that Haim was on an upswing, of late. He recently starred in the low budget horror film American Sunset, which may end up being another in a line of straight to video flicks he starred in over the years. He was also about to start working on his directorial debut, a dark movie about drug and alcohol abuse called A Detour in Life.

"[Haim] was very, very excited to do this role because it would be the first time he got to do a real adult role...being a father and everything which he had never got to do," screenwriter Tina Brown tells E!

"I talked to him back in November at the premiere of American Sunset and he was doing great, so it was really a shock," Brown also said. "He was extremely healthy. I saw him the year before and he was super skinny, but he had put on a lot of weight and looked a lot more coherent and looked extremely well."

In addition, while he makes only a short appearance at the end of the 2008 Lost Boys follow-up, Lost Boys: The Tribe, word was he and Feldmen were set to go head to head in the next installment, Lost Boys: The Thirst, which Feldman is executive producing.

Corey Haim dead: celebrity reactions

Feldman, who was thrown by the loss of Michael Jackson last year, has called a press conference for this afternoon to speak to this most recent loss. Meanwhile, other stars are already speaking out via press releases and twitter, especially his contemporaries.

"Just woke up to the sad, sad news that Corey Haim passed away," tweets his friend Alyssa Milano. "RIP sweet boy."

"Always so sad and disturbing when the addiction and demons prevail," Ralph Macchio tweets. "RIP Corey Haim."

"My thoughts go out to Corey's family and friends today. So sad," tweets Christina Applegate.

"Lost an old friend today. So very tragic. RIP," tweets Nicole Eggert

Even Ashton Kutcher had something to tweet, writing, "Rip Corey Haim 'Childhood hero.'"

"Lost Boy goes home: Corey Haim, dead at 38. G'bye, LUCAS. You gave hope to the weird & unlikely," tweets Kevin Smith

Diff'rent Strokes alum Todd Bridges, who's faced his drug-related battles over the years, released a statement saying, "Just want to say that Corey Haim was a good friend of mine and he will be missed. 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. I will always love my Brother, and I will never judge him."

Former teen heartthrob Leif Garret, who was arrested on drug charges just last month and worked with Corey in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, has also spoken out.

"This just goes to show that whether it's street drugs or a prescription from the doctor, that all drugs are dangerous — as we saw with my friend, Heath, as well," he said in a statement to Access. "No matter what form, it's not to be taken lightly. Some people are lucky enough to finish the race and others crash and burn. I do not wish this horrible disease of addiction on anybody. I send all my condolences and love to Corey's family. May he rest in peace."

She Knows extends our own wishes to his family, friends and fans who feel this loss. RIP Corey Haim.


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