The web is abuzz right now with the death of actor, Corey Haim. Preliminary reports were that Haim died from an accidental drug overdose. Haim’s mother, Judy Haim, who is also battling cancer, received a call Thursday morning from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. According to her, the coroner said that Haim died from pulmonary congestion. Also, Haim’s lungs were filled with water and he had an enlarged heart.
Speculation about a possible drug-induced death came from four prescription pill bottles found by Haim’s bed and from Haim’s rampant, long-term abuse of non-prescription drugs. It is still not clear if drugs played an integral part in Haim’s death but it is clear that the forgotten child star has now become an appreciated, dearly missed 80’s icon.
His long time friend and frequent co-worker, Corey Feldman, appeared on Larry King Live Wednesday night. He expressed remorse for the loss of Haim but also disappointment that this outpouring of compassion wasn’t voiced when Haim was alive.
“Where were all these people to lend a hand out, to reach out to him and say, you know, you’re a legend, you’re — you’re an amazingly talented, wonderful person who’s really never gone out of his way to hurt anybody other than himself. He was there for his mom and he took care of her. He’s always been a good person,” said an emotional and hurt Feldman.
Unfortunately, Haim, like many other child stars before him, suffered the downside of fame and lost his life while he was on the verge of making a resurgence. Haim had four films due to be released at the time of this death.
Another friend of Feldman, Michael Jackson also suffered the same fate. Jackson experienced a storied career. He was known as the King of Pop and he experienced the height of his fame in 80’s just as Haim did. Also like Haim, Jackson experienced a loss of popularity but Jackson’s descent was due to drastic physical transformations and allegations of child molestation. Jackson also died while preparing his comeback with the “This Is It” tour. He was 50 years old when died on June 25. The outpouring of emotion after his death was unprecedented. People all over the world mourned.
Clueless actress, Brittany Murphy, again suffered the same fate. Murphy died of pneumonia complicated by prescription pills in December 2009. She was only 32 years old. She was best known for her role as Tai in Clueless and for her one-of-a-kind exuberant personality. She too, suffered a decline in popularity. Similarly she died without ever experiencing a second chance at stardom. Murphy was actually lampooned in a skit on Saturday Night Live just two weeks before her death. News of her death was shocking and people flocked to the internet to express their remorse.
There is a lesson in all of this. There are amazingly talented people in this world and the rest of us are lucky to witness their talent even if it is for a brief period of time. The point is that that talent and that person should not be disparaged simply because they’re time in the spotlight is over. People matter and Haim unfortunately died not knowing how much he was appreciated.