Toronto-born actor and ‘80s heartthrob Corey Haim has died in California today. He was 38.
Haim was found dead at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in his mother’s apartment according to the LAPD. An autopsy is scheduled to determine cause of death, but early reports suggest Haim died of an apparent accidental drug overdose.
According to Police Sgt. William Mann, Haim had flulike symptoms before he died and was getting over-the-counter and prescription medications. “He could have succumbed to whatever (illness) he had or it could have been drugs. Who knows?” said Mann. “He has had a drug problem in the past.”
A brief statement on the actor’s official website confirms his death. “It is with heavy heart that I report that Corey Ian Haim has passed away today,” the message states. It is accompanied by a photo of the actor dressed in black.
Haim starred in ‘80s hits such as The Lost Boys, License to Drive and Lucas. His first film role was in 1984’s Firstborn. Recently, he recorded two seasons of the reality show The Two Coreys with his best friend and fellow child star Corey Feldman.
Throughout his career, Haim struggled with drug addiction. “I lived in L.A. in the Eighties, which was not the best place to be. I did cocaine for about a year and a half, then it led to crack,” said Haim during a 2004 interview with Britain’s The Sun newspaper.
Celebrities have been reacting to Haim’s death on Twitter:
“Just woke up to the sad, sad news that Corey Haim passed away. RIP sweet boy,” wrote Alyssa Milano, who dated Haim from 1987 to 1990.
“Rip Corey Haim ‘Childhood hero,'” tweeted Ashton Kutcher.
“My thoughts go out to Corey’s family and friends today. So sad,” added Christina Applegate.
“Lost Boy goes home: Corey Haim, dead at 38. G’bye, LUCAS. You gave hope to the weird & unlikely,” wrote director Kevin Smith.
UPDATE: Corey Feldman posted the following statement on his blog in reaction to the death of his former co-star and friend:
“I was woken up at 830 AM this morning by my brother and sister knocking on my bedroom door. They informed me about the loss of my brother Corey. My eyes weren’t even open all the way when the tears started streaming down my face. I am so sorry to Corey, Judy, his family, my family, all of our fans, and of course my son who I will have to find a way to explain this to when he gets home from school. This is a tragic loss of a wonderful, beautiful, tormented soul, who will always be my brother, family, and best friend. We must all take this as a lesson on how we treat the people we share this world with while they are still here to make a difference. Please respect our families as we struggle and grieve through this difficult time. I hope the art he has left behind will be remembered as the passion of what he truly lived for.
Corey Feldman “The Two Corey’s” “