Corey Haim was broke and caring for his mother, who was battling breast cancer, when he collapsed just after midnight Wednesday after complaining of labored breathing, People.com reports. Haim’s agent Mark Heaslip says Corey Haim, the “Lost Boys” star whose career stalled while his drug use spiraled out of control, had been with his mother during all of her doctor’s appointments but fell ill with flu-like symptoms in the last few days. Judy Haim called 911 early Wednesday. He was declared dead at the hospital.
“She is taking this very, very hard,” Heaslip says. “This is all shocking.”
Meanwhile, Haim’s pal Corey Feldman tells Larry King that he wants people to stop jumping to conclusions that Haim died from a drug overdose. “They need to stop saying, you know, their theories of what they think it is or isn’t. Because at the end of the day, until the coroner’s report comes out, until we have specific evidence, until we know exactly what the toxicology reports say, nobody knows.”
He says he last spoke to Haim a few days before his death, and that the actor was “honestly in the best frame of mind that he’s ever been in in the past year.” He says Haim’s mother’s illness made Haim finally grow up.
He also took Hollywood to task for discarding its child stars. “We build people up as children, we put them on pedestals and then when we decide that they’re not marketable anymore, we walk away from them,” he says. “And then we taunt them and we tease them … Why is it OK to kick somebody when they’re down?”