Corey Ian Haim: (Canadian actor) a.k.a. Corey Haim
Best known for:
- Lucas – film, actor: Lucas Bly
- The Lost Boys – film, actor: Sam Emerson
- License to Drive – film, actor: Les Anderson
- A&E Networks’s The Two Coreys – reality television show: self
Truly tragic is the life story of 80’s child actor Corey Haim. Having suffered from unfathomable sex abuse as a child, he turned to a multitude of addictions to run away from his reality.
He first drank beer at the age of 15 on the set of Lucas. He later experimented with marijuana and then “did cocaine for about a year-and-a-half, then it led to crack.”
After several tries at rehab, where he was given prescription drugs, he moved on to abuse pain killers and other prescriprion drugs such as Vicodin and Xanax and Valium. He told British tabloid The Sun “…one led to two, two led to four, four led to eight, until at the end it was about 85 [Valium] a day.”
Haim made atleast 15 attempts at rehabilitation, and described himself in a 2007 interview with Larry King on CNN’s Larry King Live show as “a chronic relapser for the rest of [his] life.” Related: In the same interview, pal Corey Feldman, admits to being a sex addict.
Sadly, Corey Haim’s story ended tragically in March of 2010. He collapsed and died in his apartment. Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office declared his death was due to pneumonia. Judy Haim, his mother, said in an interview with Access Hollywood that she had received a courtesy call from the Coroner’s office and was informed “her son had an enlarged heart and his lungs were filled with water. His cause of death was due to pulmonary congestion,” reportedly, typical consequences of drug abuse.
Although he lived a monstrous painfull life, Corey Haim was described as
“a wonderful, beautiful, tormented soul.”
by best friend and companion child star, heroin addict himself, Corey Feldman.
After his death, many assumed Corey Haim had died from a drug overdose, but in reality he was in the midst of active addiction recovery. In the weeks prior to his death, “he was weaned down to literally zero medications,” said manager Mark Heaslip on Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell on HLN network.
Before his death, a neighbor, Christopher Ameruoso, reported Corey Haim illustrated a sad image of Corey Haim when he said Haim could be seen wandering around the complex
“looking for companionship, looking for friends.”
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