Actor Corey Haim was found dead this morning in Los Angeles of an apparent drug overdose, according to police. He was 38.
The Los Angeles Coroner’s office said Wednesday that Haim died at approximately 2:15 a.m. at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
Haim was found unresponsive in his apartment, according to People, who reports the actor’s mother was with him at the time. As with several former child stars, Haim struggled with substance abuse for years.
He appeared on TV in 2008 with the other Corey (Feldman) in the A&E reality show, ‘The Two Coreys,’ for two (drama-filled) seasons.
His costar, friend and “brother” Corey Feldman issued a statement Wednesday afternoon:
“I was awakened at 8:30 this morning by my brother and sister knocking on my bedroom door. They informed me of the loss of my brother Corey Haim. My eyes weren’t even open all the way when the tears started streaming down my face. I am so sorry for Corey, his mother Judy, his family, my family, all of our fans, and of course my son who I will have to find a way to explain this to when he gets home from school. This is a tragic loss of a wonderful, beautiful, tormented soul, who will always be my brother, family, and best friend.”
“We must all take this as a lesson in how we treat the people we share this world with while they are still here to make a difference,” Feldman continues. “Please respect our families as we struggle and grieve through this difficult time. I hope the art Corey has left behind will be remembered as the passion of that for which he truly lived.”