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Actor Corey Haim dies at 38

March 19, 2010
By Terry Weber

Canadian-born actor Corey Haim has died in California.

The Los Angeles coroner’s office confirmed the 38-year-old actor died around 5:15 a.m. ET Wednesday but wouldn’t give any details. An autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of death.

Early reports suggested Haim died of an apparent accidental drug overdose, but police said it was too early to draw conclusions.

Haim had flulike symptoms before he died and was getting over-the-counter and prescription medications, Police Sgt. William Mann said. The cause of death is unknown, Sgt. Mann said.

“He could have succumbed to whatever (illness) he had or it could have been drugs. Who knows?” Sgt. Mann said. “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, accompanied by a photo of the actor dressed in black, states.

The celebrity website said the actor had been found unresponsive in his mother's Oakwood apartment early Wednesday. He was later pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s hospital in Burbank, Calif.

Born in 1971 in Toronto, Haim starred in ‘80s hits such as The Lost Boys and License to Drive. His first film role was in the 1984 film, Firstborn.

Recently, Haim had appeared for two seasons alongside Corey Feldman in the reality show The Two Coreys. He later told Entertainment Tonight Canada that he would never do another reality show.

Throughout his career, Haim struggled with drug addiction.

In a 2004 interview with Britain’s The Sun newspaper, Haim spoke openly about his substance-abuse problems and said that he smoked his first joint on the set of The Lost Boys. The article says Haim had been in and out of rehab as many as 15 times.

“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,” he said in the interview.

Haim’s filmography on Internet Movie Data Base shows a number of recent projects in various states of development at the time of the actor’s death.

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