R.I.P. Corey Haim

Former teen idol Corey Haim has died, allegedly the result of an accidental drug overdose. He was 38 years old.

Haim was staying at his mother’s home in North Hollywood at the time. She is said to have called emergency services, who found him unresponsive at the scene. He was rushed to St. Joseph’s hospital in Burbank where he was pronounced dead.

Haim was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1971. At first uninterested in acting, he starred in the Canadian comedy series The Edison Twins from 1982 to 1986. His first theatrical role was alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr. in Michael Apted‘s Firstborn.

The young actor received his first major role in Silver Bullet, an adaptation of a Stephen King novella. In 1987, he starred in what is perhaps his most iconic film, The Lost Boys, alongside Jason Patric, Keifer Sutherland, and future collaborator Corey Feldman.

The two Coreys went on to star together in the features Licence to Drive and Dream a Little Dream.

Haim spent much of the 1990s struggling to achieve the same level of fame and success that he had experienced in the previous decade. In the year 2000 he checked into rehab for substance abuse.

The actor spent much of the last decade playing on his public persona, including a satirical cameo in the film Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star as well as a reality show alongside Corey Feldman entitled The Two Coreys.

Haim claimed to have beaten his drug habit in 2004. Three years later, he purchased an ad in Variety reminding casting agents that he was clean and ready to work. Despite this, allegations of substance abuse plagued the final years of his life.

In 2008, Haim reprised the role of Sam Emerson for a cameo in Lost Boys: The Tribe.

Discuss: What was your favourite Corey Haim role?

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