It’s always sad when someone is gone too soon — and it’s even sadder when the loss was preventable. The passing of actor Corey Haim on Wednesday at age 38 was tragically foreshadowed by a life plagued by drug addiction.
Four prescription bottles were found at the scene of the “Lost Boys” star’s death, a member of the L.A. coroner’s department said. And while an initial autopsy and toxicology test were inconclusive, an accidental drug overdose was suspected.
No illegal drugs were found in the residence, but Corey’s history of struggles with substance abuse, including prescription painkillers, was no secret. He did multiple stints in rehab and admitted to having done cocaine, crack, pills and more, and described himself in an interview with Larry King as “a chronic relapser for the rest of my life.”
Allegedly, he had a drug-induced stroke in 2001. In 2007, “Two Coreys” co-star Corey Feldman urged him, on camera, to get help. By the following year, Feldman said he would not speak to his friend unless he got sober.
Apparently, Haim cleaned up his act enough to salvage the friendship, as a few weeks before his death, the two Coreys lunched together in West Hollywood, where Haim told TMZ cameras he’d been “good for a while.” And a neighbor told People magazine he seemed to be “getting himself together.”
Ironically, Haim might have had an opportunity to do just that, but turned it down. Sources at “Celebrity Rehab” told TMZ that he was approached about being on the show — within the past 10 days — but was “extremely defensive and insulted, saying, ‘It’s the last show I’d ever do.’”
“I do not need help,” Haim said.
Sadly, that denial may have cost him his life.
Celebrities who worked with and cared for Corey Haim were quick to react to his death Wednesday. Former flame Alyssa Milano tweeted, “RIP sweet boy,” while Ashton Kutcher praised him as a “childhood hero.”
Fellow former child star and recovered addict Todd Bridges, who appeared on “The Two Coreys” in an effort to urge his friend to get help, said in a statement, “I will always love my brother, and I will never judge him. 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.”
Of course, the actor most closely associated with the late “Lucas” star is Corey Feldman, who released a poignant statement saying that when he awoke to the news, “My eyes weren’t even open all the way when the tears started streaming down my face.”
“This is a tragic loss of a wonderful, beautiful, tormented soul, who will always be my brother, family and best friend,” Feldman said. “I hope the art Corey has left behind will be remembered as the passion of that for which he truly lived.”
Sheen Is Clean
Meanwhile, another star who has struggled with addiction and made multiple visits to rehab, Charlie Sheen, is, happily, on the road to recovery and ready to get back to work.
After voluntarily entering “preventative” treatment to avoid a relapse into alcohol abuse, the actor checked out Wednesday. His rep said he will return to work on the set of “Two and a Half Men” next week. Congrats, Charlie!
Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer and astrologer. She welcomes feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.