Canadian child actor icon Corey Haim has died at the age of 38 of an apparent accidental drug overdose, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police told Canwest News Service they received a call just before 4 a.m. that Haim had been transported from a residence in North Hollywood to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., where the actor was pronounced dead, LAPD Sgt. Michael Cammert said Wednesday.
Known for a 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol, he was born in Toronto to Jewish parents. He starred or co-starred in a number of films such as Lucas, Murphy’s Romance, The Lost Boys, License to Drive, Silver Bullet and Dream a Little Dream. Most notably, he collaborated numerous times with Corey Feldman, the pair being dubbed “The Two Coreys”. Haim and Feldman starred in a TV ‘reality’ show titled The Two Coreys, which aired on the A&E Network from 2007 to 2008.
Never able to capture the stardom he had as a child, Haim struggled for years with substance abuse issues. However, his role in the movie Lucas is one of the best that I have ever seen by a teenage actor and I always get tears in my eyes when I think or tell others of the final scene. Corey, you were a big part of my 1980s and my childhood & teenage years. We will miss you.
Corey Ian Haim (December 23, 1971 – March 10, 2010)