March 15th, 2010
02:31 PM ET

Loved ones reflect on Corey Haim's last days

Corey Haim's last day alive was unlike any other in his decades-long struggle with drug addiction, his manager said.

"It's almost like he knew he was dying," Mark Heaslip said. "His personality was just different."

Corey Feldman, his longtime friend and frequent co-star, said he would not attend the Toronto funeral so the family can have privacy.

"Instead, I will remain in Los Angeles quietly mourning and planning his memorial," Feldman said.

His family and friends struggle to understand why the actor's life ended last Wednesday, just as he seemed to finally be getting it together.

The autopsy revealed Haim had an enlarged heart and water in his lungs, but the Los Angeles County coroner won't decide a cause of death until toxicology tests are back next month.

California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Friday he has evidence linking Haim's death to an illegal prescription drug ring.

But his manager insists it was not a drug overdose, but perhaps a drug reaction, that took Haim's life.

"He was really turning the tables on his comeback," Heaslip said. This included reducing his prescription drug intake from a high of 80 pills a day to nearly zero, he said.

Just weeks before his death, Haim began seeing an addiction specialist to help him completely kick his dependence, Heaslip said.  His manager and his mother suspect something went wrong with that treatment and that may have contributed to his death.

The tragedy is harder for family and friends to grasp because it came at a time when Haim had much to live for.

He was helping his mother with her cancer treatments, using income from two recent feature film roles to pay her medical bills, Heaslip said.

For years, while Haim was unable to work because of drugs, his mother kept a roof over his head.  Now, he was the adult taking care of her, Feldman said.

His manager recently signed Haim up for a "positive" reality show and more movie roles were lined up, he said.

Haim also was thinking of his show business legacy.  He wanted to get a star on the Hollywood "Walk of Fame," Heaslip said.

Haim also was thinking about how to help young people avoid drug addiction fueled by easy access to prescription narcotics, Heaslip said.

The actor recently talked about calling on California legislators to write "Corey's law," which he said should prevent doctors from prescribing more than a three-day supply of addictive drugs at one time, his manager said.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Dillo

    There is indeed a reality show about Interventions – it's on cable, I think The Learning Channel. Having recently lost my dearest friend to a drug overdose, I can tell you that even interventions are not the magic cure. But too many times doctors buy into their patients' addictions and/or let themselves be manipulated, especially by celebrities. I can't believe that Michael Jackson's doctor, for example, would have given him propofol at home – that stuff is truly evil. Any serious addict can tell you that it's possible to use multiple doctors, multiple pharmacies and even fake names to get what they want. It just depends how bad you want it and how much money you're willing to spend. I hope that Corey Haim rests in peace now that he's finally free of the living hell he went through here on earth.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Get serious

    80 pills a day? RX pills? what universe does any "doctor" prescribe that many pills and not gaurentee a drug interaction.....another "doctor" who should be investigated....

    March 16, 2010 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tyrone Beiron

    There should be a REALITY TV show about "Interventions". Most of us go through life and school unprepared as to how to intervene to help save someone we love or care about from anorexia or a destructive addiction. It's textbook clear on paper and webblog, but honestly, we sometimes feel very powerless to intervene. It's an expert area – trying to balance providing necessary care without violating a person's dignity and self-worth, and knowing all the after-care that is needed. I don't know how Cory Feldman feels, but I can imagine that if I knew my best friend has a problem with drugs, the easiest thing to do is let him be – that hardest is taking responsibility for that person and intervene. That is something most people won't do unless you are the parent or child. It takes that sort of genetic link for us to overcome our helplessness and act. Anyone knows more to comment?

    March 16, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. JAPerry

    LOL @ dr – I was wondering the EXACT same thing!

    Rest in peace, Mr. Haim. Thanks for "Lucas" – one of my all time favorites.

    March 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lautatj

    I enjoyed the show "the Two Corey's"–I was pulling for Corey to really make it sober. I am a recovering alcoholic & addict .I was truly shocked when I heard this news.Peace be with his family. I hope he made it to the ultimate healing :heaven.

    March 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dr

    Shirley... are you speaking english?

    March 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lana

    So very sad.

    March 15, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. shirley

    This is the most ridiculous story i have never hear the man was on
    drug stop trying to make him look like he was not 80 pill a day be for real
    rest in peace all i can said i feel for his family.

    March 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Head Diva In Charge

    It's so sad that this happens. It seems like these celebs loose their way very early in life and just can't get it back. When they finally do, it's to late. Hopefully he will be another lesson to those starting out.

    March 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |

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