EXCLUSIVE: Corey Haim Was Abusing Prescription Drugs Says Friend

Mar. 10 2010, Published 1:09 p.m. ET

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A close friend of Lost Boys actor Corey Haim has exclusively told that the actor was abusing prescription drugs in his final days. The friend said he feared the former child star would die from a prescription drugs overdose.

Haim was pronounced dead at St Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank at 2.15 a.m. Wednesday after becoming ill at his nearby apartment where he was staying with his mom Judy who is fighting breast cancer.

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Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter revealed that although no illegal drugs were found at the apartment, authorities did discover four prescription bottles of pills inside.

Haim’s friend –who didn’t want to be identified --- said: “I’m not surprised that this has happened because he was abusing prescription drugs.

“Corey got really upset that his mom was being treated for breast cancer and that she had lost her hair because of chemotherapy.

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Haim and his mom Judy were living in a modest two bedroom $1800 a month apartment at the Oakwood Apartment complex in Burbank, where nearby studios house young actors who have just arrived in Los Angeles.

News of Haim’s sudden death sent shockwaves around the large gated complex where many tenants described Haim as ‘quiet but friendly’.

One tenant told “I just saw him fairly recently and he seemed to be in good spirits – I’m shocked that he has died.

“He was a quiet guy and it was ironic that a lot of the young actors who are just starting out on their careers did not even know who he was or anything about his career.

“It’s sad because he died at such an early age and he seemed to like the fact that nobody really knew who he was here.”

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An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death, but earlier Wednesday, police said it appears Haim died of an accidental drug overdose.

Haim, just 38 years old, was best known for starring in such movies as The Lost Boys, Murphy’s Romance, and Lucas.



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