May 5, 2010
Posted: 01:54 PM ET
Contrary to speculation that actor Corey Haim died of a drug overdose, the Los Angeles County coroner's office announced Tuesday that the former child actor died of pneumonia.
Neither illegal nor prescription drugs were a factor in the actor's death, the coroner's office found — a marked contrast to early reports from authorities.
The autopsy found that Haim, 38, died of respiratory distress related to pneumonia with the presence of an enlarged heart and narrowing blood vessels. Low levels of eight drugs, some prescription and others over-the-counter, were found in his system along with a tiny amount of marijuana, according to the autopsy report.
"The medications did not contribute acutely to his death, therefore the manner of death is natural," Deputy Medical Examiner Juan M. Carrillo stated in his report. The 38-year-old actor's heart was abnormally large — nearly twice the weight of a normal heart — and some vessels were as much 75% blocked, according to the report.
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