Among the Hollywood actors who have come and gone is Corey Haim whose career in entertainment was cut short at the age of 38. The Ontario born performer became a teen idol in the movies during the 1980s, playing leading roles in several productions which include the likes of Silver Bullet, Lucas, and License to Drive, Corey equally starred in Murphy’s Romance, Snowboard Academy, as well as Dream a Little Dream. However, he will forever be remembered for his stellar performance on the set of The Lost Boys alongside his buddy and best friend Corey Feldman. Subsequently, the two Coreys formed a duo making appearances in seven films which gave then the status of icons in the 1980s. They later starred in The Two Coreys – the popular A&E American reality TV show. However, Corey Haim’s career came to an end when he died of pneumonia on the 10th of March 2010.
The Life Story Of Corey Haim
Corey Haim was born on the 23rd of December 1971 in Toronto, Ontario. Both the actor’s parents were involved in mundane professions with Bernie Haim – his dad working as a salesman while his mum Judy functioned as a data processor. Corey was brought up alongside an elder sister Carol, and later had a half-brother called Daniel from his dad’s second marriage after the end of his union with Corey’s mother.
The Canadian native spent his early days in Chomedey, Laval, Quebec, later relocating to Willowdale, Toronto where he joined drama classes in mime and improvisation to aid him in overcoming his natural shyness. While his acting talent was still latent, Corey Haim participated in ice hockey competitions and learned the act of performing music on the keyboard. He was so good on the ice that he attracted the attention of the AA Thunderbirds hockey team.
It was while he accompanied his big sis Carol on her auditions that, Corey Haim started getting some juvenile roles in a few productions. However, he was a student of Zion Heights Junior High in North York until eighth grade when the young star started creating a niche for himself in the movies. His debut role was recorded at age 10 on the set of the TV series The Edison Twins from 1982 to 1986, with his feature movie debut following in Firstborn in 1984. Before his demise, Corey appeared in a good number of productions and many of them were alongside his best friend Corey Feldman.
The Untold Truth about His Death
Before Corey’s death, the late actor was living with his mother at the Oakwood Apartments around Hollywood Hills. Paramedics came to move him to Durbank’s Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center after his mum called 911 on the 10th of March 2010. The 38-year-old actor was later pronounced dead around 2:15 am with speculation running rife that his death was as a result of accidental overdose. And to lend credence to the assumption, bottles containing Vicodin, Valium, Haloperidol, and Soma were retrieved.
It happened that Corey Haim used illegal aliases in the procurement of more than 553 prescription pills which took place in the last 32 days before his demise, having made use of seven different pharmacies in obtaining the supply, after “doctor-shopping” seven physicians, all of whom failed their due-diligence. The pills consisted of 149 Vicodin, 195 Valium, 15 Xanax, and 194 Soma.
For a couple of days before his death, Corey Haim was down with flu-like symptoms and was even visited by a doctor who never suspected serious issues. According to Ed Winter – the Assistant Chief Coroner, Corey slumped down on his knees when he felt a bit weak after getting out of bed. The County Coroner’s Office in LA ruled that the actor’s demise was a result of pneumonia. Even before the official autopsy reports went public, Corey’s mother said that the coroner’s preliminary findings on her son’s death were pointing to pulmonary edema. In a courtesy call, the coroner told her that Corey was battling with an enlarged heart as well as water in the lungs.
The deceased death certificate lists Community-Acquired Pneumonia and Diffuse Alveolar Damage as the causes of death with the contributing conditions listed as Coronary Arteriosclerosis with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy but had nothing to do with the direct cause of death.
Citing Corey Haim’s then effort toward a clean living, his agent was quick to discount drug overdose as a possibility, asserting that the deceased had been totally drug-free for a couple of weeks. However, confirmation came from the late actor’s primary physician to the investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration that Corey was actually addicted to pain pills.
Final autopsy reports from Loss Angeles County Coroner’s office revealed that his death was caused by pneumonia and diffuse alveolar damage, with coronary arteriosclerosis and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which all pointed to natural death. On the speculations about drug involvement, the coroner declared that there was no sign of any significant contributing factor in the toxicology report.