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BREAKING NEWS: Actor Corey Haim Dead Of Accidental Drug Overdose

Mar. 10 2010, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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Eighties teen idol Corey Haim has died at 38 as result of an accidental drug overdose, has learned.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department tells us that Haim was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, California at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Haim was found unresponsive at an Oakwood apartment complex in the Burbank area, police said, adding that his mother Judy was present at the time and called 911.  Four prescription bottles were found inside the apartment, which he shared with his mother.  He felt weak, got out of bed, and fell to his knees

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Haim, a native Canadian, made a name for himself in the 80s with roles in films such as Lucas, The Lost Boys, License To Drive and Murphy's Romance.

Haim’s financial problems became public in the late 90s, when he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July 1997 in a Los Angeles, California court. According to court documents, the actor owed nearly $104,000 to the I.R.S., and $100,000 to the state of California for taxes and various medical expenses. At that point, most of his show biz earnings were long gone, as his fortune, per the court docs, was reduced to a 1987 BMW, $100 cash, $750 in clothing and $7,500 in residuals and royalties, and a pension plan.

Haim’s acting career stalled in recent years, but in 2007, he was seen in a reality show called The Two Coreys with longtime colleague and friend, Corey Feldman.

In interviews, Haim was candid about his well-publicized battle with substance abuse.

"I was working on The Lost Boys when I smoked my first joint," he said, according to IMDb. "But a year before that, I was starting to drink beer on the set of the film Lucas. I lived in Los Angeles in the 80s, which was not the best place to be. I did cocaine for about a year and a half, then it led to crack.

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Haim said he weaned himself from one addiction into another.

"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 -- the doctors could not believe I was taking that much. And that was just the Valium -- I'm not talking about the other pills I went through.”

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