Actor Corey Haim dies at age 38
Actor Corey Haim died at the age of 38.
The Los Angeles coroner's office said Haim died at 2:15 a.m. at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.
According to the LAPD, Haim had been staying with his mother in North Hollywood, and the death appears to have been accidental.
An official cause of death has not yet been determined, but the LAPD said Haim appears to have died of an apparent overdose.
Haim had flulike symptoms before he died and was getting over-the-counter and prescription medications, Police Sgt. William Mann said.
“He could have succumbed to whatever (illness) he had or it could have been drugs. Who knows?” Mann said. “He has had a drug problem in the past.”
Haim acknowledged his struggle with drug abuse to The Sun in 2004.
“I was working on Lost Boys when I smoked my first joint,” he told the British tabloid.
“I did cocaine for about a year and a half, then it led to crack,” he said.
Haim said he went into rehabilitation and was put on prescription drugs. He took both stimulants and sedatives such as Valium.
“I started on the downers which were a hell of a lot better than the uppers because I was a nervous wreck,” he said. “But one led to two, two led to four, four led to eight, until at the end it was about 85 a day.”
In 2007, he told ABC's “Nightline” that drugs hurt his career.
“I feel like with myself I ruined myself to the point where I wasn't functional enough to work for anybody, even myself. I wasn't working,” he said.
Haim broke into the film industry in 1984 as a child actor. He starred in movies such as “Lucas” with Charlie Sheen, but his breakthrough role came with his 1987 film “Lost Boys.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.