Actor Corey Feldman appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” Wednesday evening to talk about the death of his long-time friend and acting colleague, Corey Haim. He told Larry King that Corey Haim, who died suddenly early Wednesday morning, was “fine” the last time he had seen him, which was just a few days before his death. Corey Feldman told Larry King he was still shocked by the news of his friend’s passing, but he wasn’t willing to say that Corey Haim had died of a drug overdose, which had been reported as the suspected cause of death, even though his friend had a long history of drug abuse.
“Until the coroner’s report comes out,” Feldman told King, “and until we get specific evidence and until we know exactly what the toxicology report says, nobody knows [how Haim died], and nobody is going to know,” Feldman said. “We are aware of the fact that Corey Haim has a long and detailed drug history and battled addiction for many, many years. I know it better than anybody, because I’ve been the guy stuffing charcoal down his throat when he was [overdosing]. I’ve been the guy trying to make him stand up or say a complete sentence. I’ve been through it with him many, many times, and it’s happened very badly and very intensely through the years.”
Corey Feldman also told King that he was appreciative of all the condolences being sent to Corey Haim’s family (and his as well), but he also wondered why those same people weren’t there when he was struggling with his addictions and after he got clean and sober and was having a difficult time finding work.
“At the end of the day, where were all of these people the last 10 or 15 years of Corey’s life?”
That same sentiment was a common cry of fans, friends, and relatives of Michael Jackson as well. Because of the tabloid press and the stigma he had acquired via lawsuits alleging pedophilic tendencies, Michael Jackson had seemed to fall from grace. It was only after he suddenly died at the end of June that millions of fans and well-wishers seemed to materialize out of nowhere.
Corey Feldman had been a friend of Michael Jackson’s as well. He testified for Jackson at one of his trials. At Michael Jackson’s memorial, Feldman even dressed in a single glove and Michael Jackson jacket in tribute to his fallen friend. Feldman, like Maccauley Culkin and Emmanuel Lewis, was one of the child stars that was known to hang out with Michael Jackson at his Neverland Ranch.
Interestingly enough, Michael Jackson too was an addictive personality. His dependence on prescription pain killers, such as the dangerous Propofol, was a contributing factor in his death, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Corey Feldman noted that Hollywood did not have a good track record with child stars and seemed to have little sympathy for those they built into celebrities then abandoned when they weren’t a marketable.
He said he hoped his friend would be “remembered as a beautiful, funny, enigmatic character who brought nothing but life and light and entertainment and art to all of our lives.”
Corey Haim, 38, died Wednesday morning. He collapsed in his apartment and paramedics, who rushed to the scene at about 1 a.m. PST, could not revive the unresponsive actor. He was pronounced dead at Burbank’s St. Joseph Hospital. Police were notified and launched an investigation into his death when medical personnel informed them that Corey Haim may have died from a drug overdose.
“Larry King Live,” CNN Television