March 15th, 2010
08:57 AM ET
Since Corey Haim's death at the age of 38 last week, his former co-star and best friend, Corey Feldman, has been candid about his shock and grief over Haim's passing.
In a statement released Monday, Feldman said that since Haim's death, he has spent a lot of time with Haim's mother, Judy, who he said was always like a mother to him.
Feldman went on, "I would love nothing more than to be by her side at Corey's funeral, however due to their strong religious beliefs, and need for privacy, the family has decided to make Corey's funeral on Tuesday a small private affair."
Out of respect for the family's wishes, Feldman said he has decided not to attend the funeral. "Instead," he said in the statement, "I will remain in Los Angeles quietly mourning...As a sign of respect I am asking the media to honor Corey Haim by making the same choice."
Feldman is also planning a separate memorial for Haim, which he hopes to pull together within the next month.
"At that time," he said in the statement, "the media will be invited to honor and celebrate the legacy he has left behind, along with friends, fans, and the rest of the Hollywood community."
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