After a virtual lifetime of drug abuse, actor and 1980s entertainment icon Corey Haim died early this morning in Los Angeles. He was 38.
Haim, an enormously popular teenage heartthrob of the 1980s and one of the two Coreys along with fellow star Corey Feldman, passed away at 2:15 AM after what authorities have called an accidental drug overdose, according to a report the KTLA news website.
Corey Haim, who was born in Toronto, Canada in 1971, started his acting career in 1982 with a role in the Candian Comedy The Edison Twins. Haim made his first big splash a few years later in 1986, when he was cast alongside Winona Ryder and Charlie Sheen in the feature film Lucas, gaining positive reviews from famed movie critic Roger Ebert.
Feldman and Haim began working together a year later when they were both cast in The Lost Boys, beginning their iconic stint as the heartthrob duo The Two Coreys.
After the 1980s ended, Corey Haim was never able to recapture the same level of success. The 1990s saw him releasing a string of straight-to-video films, among other roles in small priority projects. He filed for bankruptcy in 1997. He attempted a comeback in the 2000s, but struggled with a well-publicized drug addiction that led Feldman to terminate their relationship after two successful seasons of A&E’s The Two Coreys.
Haim’s death comes on the heels of the Brat Pack reunion and Oscar night tribute to producer/writer/director John Hughes, who died last year of a heart attack at age 59. Hughes’ untimely demise was a blow to teens of the 1980s, who looked to iconic films like Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club to explain the pains of growing up as a part of their generation. Haim’s life – and death – will likely leave a similar mark on the very same now thirty and forty-something fans, who viewed the actor as something of an icon of the times.
Corey Haim is not the only Hollywood star in recent times to die as a result of drug overdose. Actress Brittany Murphy, who appeared in such films as Girl, Interrupted with Angelina Jolie, 8 Mile and Riding in Cars with Boys, died December 20 at just 32 years of age. Although her official cause of death is listed as pneumonia, the star also had a score of different medications in her body at the time of her demise.
Corey Haim Biography
Corey Haim Dead at 38 of Accidental Overdose, KTLA
Coroner Releases full Brittany Murphy Autopsy, MSNBC