Corey Haim, a 1980s teen heartthrob whose career was blighted by drug abuse, died early Wednesday in Burbank. He was 38.
“As he got out of bed, he felt a little weak and went down to the floor on his knees,” assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said. His mother called paramedics.
An autopsy will determine Haim’s cause of death. There was no evidence of foul play, police Sgt. Michael Kammert said.
Haim, who gained attention for his roles in “Lucas” and “The Lost Boys,” had flu-like symptoms before he died and was getting over-the-counter and prescription medications, police Sgt. William Mann said.
Haim acknowledged his struggle with drug abuse to a British tabloid in 2004. “I was working on ‘Lost Boys’ when I smoked my first joint,” he told the Sun. “I did cocaine for about a year and a half, then it led to crack.”
In 2007, he told ABC’s “Nightline” that drugs hurt his career. “I wasn’t functional enough to work for anybody, even myself. I wasn’t working,” he said.
Born in Toronto in 1971, Haim got his start in television commercials at age 10. He made his feature debut in 1984’s “Firstborn,” and his profile grew with such pics as 1985’s “Murphy’s Romance.” In 1985 he starred with Liza Minnelli, playing her dying son, in the telepic “A Time to Live,” for which he won a Young Artists Award.
Haim’s career peaked with his roles in 1986’s “Lucas” and the Joel Schumacher-helmed hit “The Lost Boys” in 1987, in which he battled vampires. He also appeared in 2008 sequel “Lost Boys: The Tribe.”
In 2007 he appeared in the A&E reality TV show “The Two Coreys” with his friend Corey Feldman. It was canceled in 2008 after two seasons.
Haim sought to mount a comeback as a thesp, going so far as to run an ad in Daily Variety in February 2008 that stated: “This is not a stunt. I’m back. I’m ready to work. I’m ready to make amends.”
In recent years, he made a few TV appearances and had several direct-to-video movies. He also lensed a handful of movies that have not yet been released, including the indie “Decisions,” which recently wrapped photography and is in post.