Yiiiikes. Sometimes it feels like the Summer of Death never ended. It’s like we are in northern Sweden, where during the summer months the sun never sets, except that instead of the sun never setting it is people dying. And it is all year. What? Not now, you guys. This isn’t about me and how bad I am at writing. This is about Corey Haim. CNN reports:

Actor Corey Haim, who appeared in a number of movies during the 1980s, died early Wednesday of a possible drug overdose, Los Angeles police said.

Oh jeez. He was only 38 years old. That is not very many! Without being too cynical about it, it’s hard not to wonder if he’s in a better place. All I mean is that even in my most simplistic relationship to the razor-thin-margins between life and death, when I went to YouTube to find a charming Corey Haim clip to post in thoughtful remembrance of his life and his work, it is all laughing stock videos. LIke this. He just seems like one of the purest examples of Hollywood’s gnashing, dissatisfied maw, eagerly rendering human lives into messy, broken piles of cocaine-soaked pulp. Then again, he’s not actually in a better place, because the better place to be is still alive, working things out. And besides, there were good times, even if they now seem in the distant past. So this is just sad. Duh.

R.I.P. Corey Haim.

Comments (46)
  1. He was my favorite Corey. RIP.

  2. Its very much reminiscent of Anna Nicole Smith’s death. There was always that element of “they were totally messed up”, while never expecting it to get to that level. I just found out yesterday that my boss at work, who’d been a noshow for several days, tried to kill herself over the weekend. I wish I had something else profound to say, but mostly I’ve just been thinking a lot.

  3. Don’t let your children grow up to be former child stars.

  4. Sometimes when a celebrity dies, you are surprised at how sad you are. This is one of those times. I used to love Corey Haim, I had pictures of him from 16 and Teen Beat up on my walls and went to see every one of his movies. I was even excited when I was in college and he was on the show Big Wolf On Campus (yes, we were too old to watch that show, but it was funny!) (and we were kind of ironic back then). Even then, though, he had already started to become a mess, bless his heart. I guess the only other thing I can say is that I really, really hate overdoses.

  5. As far as I’m concerned, he’ll forever be the kid who wooed Mercedes Lane.

  6. Prescription drugs are killing a lot of people. If you look at almost every “famous” person that has ODed it is from prescription drugs. The doctors have no idea what they are doing and are no match for a junkie jonesing. People can be completely dependant on adderral and zanax and think its ok. The distinction between legal and illegal drugs has all but vanished when looking at addiction.

    • You have to be more specific than “a lot.” Is the number of people who OD on prescription drugs high relative to the total number of people who take them?

      And of course, being completely dependent on medication is okay if it allows someone to lead a normal life. Stigmatizing prescription drugs by trying to tie them to (already misguided) anti-drug rhetoric is inhumane.

      • I was referring to the celebrities ( i use that term loosely) that have been ODing. I will have to get back to you on those figures, my team is running the numbers right now.

        Also, bullshit on it IS OK to being completely dependent on medications. What is a “normal life” ? Being a spiritually dead broken person addicted to drugs, but still being able to pay your bills and go to work everyday? You can’t be dependent on the prescription drugs we are talking about and live a healthy life. “Normal”, depends I guess, but living the best life you are capable of living is out of the question.

        Sorry to rain on your adderral, vicodin, or zanax parade, but better living through chemistry is a joke. Drugs are not made to be a long term solution. They are made to be a temporary thing to solve a problem or get your body back to even. Anything more than that is addiction no matter how seemingly “normal” your life looks.

        • Well I guess I would term “normal” as not having the burning desire to kill yourself for no explicable reason because you suffer from severe depression. Did I mention I was in and out of the hospital since Thanksgiving? I was off my medication. How is that “better” than being “addicted” to prescription medication? I’m asking you since you *seem to have all the answers.


          • I doubt that any celebrity including the above referenced died from taking anti-depressants or other mood stabilizers. I am talking about known prescription drugs of abuse. Do you hear about people ODing on Zoloft or Haldol? NO. There are way too many people dependent on prescription drugs that get you high (Adderal, painkillers, and Benzos) and convince themselves they are clinically necessary. You can not live a fulfilled life on those drugs. Being “completely dependent” on those drugs is not OK.

          • Yes so on point That One! Its nice to have people know what you are talking about and be able to understand an important distinction.

  7. This is fucking sad. I always hoped his life would turn around, that reality show was depressing. Now four of my childhood crushes have died (Corey, River Phoenix, Brad Renfro, and Jonathan Brandis). All from drugs or suicide. Fuck Hollywood. Stay away from Devon Sawa and JTT.

  8. Oh man … this week, you guys. First Mark Linkous and now this. It’s basically like every artist who ever made anything I care about is leaving.

  9. What a sad way to start this rainy day! RIP, Lucas. :(

  10. The only way this gets worse is having to put up with Corey Feldman reaction coverage on any possible venue he can shoehorn himself into.

  11. RIP, Corey Haim. May you forevermore hunt vampires in heaven.

  12. Does Haim remind anyone else of Spencer Pratt in that Me, Myself, and I video?

  13. Poor Corey. Remember before Corey Haim was a teen heart throb and he was just a good little actor? Remember Lucas?

  14. Gen-X-for-eyes

  15. My best friend was obsessed with him she used to watch that godawful reality tv with those two. Ugh, this sucks. RIP :(

  16. Corey Haim has a posse. Enjoy that endless coke party in the sky.

  17. Yeah, it’s so sad, especially in light of Michael Jackson’s death, to realize we spend decades laughing at someone and then, oops, they were a person. That shit was for real.

    • mydaughter'sname69  |   Posted on Mar 10th, 2010 +2

      This is exactly how I feel. Especially because LITERALLY LAST WEEKEND I was watching his Me, Myself and I promotional video with friends for a laugh and now I feel really bad about it. It’s just so easy to laugh at him in that, but he is a real person after all who probably never had a real childhood and just got caught up in the Hollywood shit machine. I mean, who the hell gives drugs to kids? Yes, Roman Polanski does and probably a lot of other Hollywood bigshots do but that just proves my point. Keep your kids away from places like that or else they’ll end up milkaholics.
      In remembrance:

  18. My long time boyfriend died from a prescription drug overdose about a year ago. Every time I see a celebrity die from overdose, it really has a big impact on me, even if I was indifferent to them as actors/musicians/whatever when they were living. Super bummer.

    • I’m sorry for your loss

      • Thanks. So many people are impacted by the pain of addiction, and I feel for the friends and family of celebrities with drug and alcohol problems. I snark with the best of them, but addiction gets me every time.

        • I’m really sorry, Aniktwo. I lost someone to an overdose, too, and it just sucks. It’s a shame that sometimes it takes something so horrible to make people think about what they say, but it’s true. The sad fact is that often unless and/or until something has affected us personally we do not empathize enough, including celebrities. I wish it didn’t have to happen that way.

          • Man, is it rough. Having someone die from addiction is a terrible thing, but living with or loving a person with an active addiction is a horror as well. I don’t know if I just notice it more now, but it seems like more and more people are dying from addiction. Maybe it’s just more publicized.

  19. Everything about this is sad. Can I get a wistful “Goonies never say die?”

  20. I thought this would be a jokey Soupy Sales death, but I guess not. :(

  21. I’ll just leave this here:

  22. For a brief time, to a certain generation, he was a very important actor. Guys wanted to be like him, girls wanted to date him…without irony.

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