Canadian born actor Corey Haim was found dead today in his mother’s apartment in Oakwood, California of an apparent prescription drug overdose. Wow this blog is really turning into a retro obituary column but it really sucks when you’re writing about someone who didn’t need to die.
Corey Haim was one of the two Corey’s, who along with fellow child star Corey Feldman, starred in many films in the 80s and early 90s like The Lost Boys, License To Drive, Murphy’s Romance, Dream a Little Dream and Lucas. He later became a reality TV star on A&E with Corey Feldman in “The Two Corey’s” as the show chronicled the comeback attempt of both Coreys. Tragically it only showcased the spiraling descent that eventually claimed Corey Haim’s life.
Although he was working, none of the films or appearances were able to recapture the fame that his early career brought at a young age. This is what kept him turning to drugs both illegal and eventually prescription.
This is sad and senseless. In this day and age, there is ample proof that drugs are bad and NEVER result in a positive and healthy outcome. There is help, there is treatment and there are alternatives. Not to sound preachy, but if you are an addict – get help. Just ask for it. The other lesson here of course is if you are a young actor that find early success, don’t give up on studying for a fall back option in the event your career comes to a screeching halt. It happens far too often and the aftermath is never pretty.
Here’s a look at some of Corey Haim’s work during happier times.