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March 17, 2010

Arrest linked to Corey Haim death

Posted: 03:13 PM ET

An arrest has been made in connection with the investigation of actor Corey Haim's death, a spokesman for California's attorney general said Wednesday.

Attorney General Jerry Brown is not revealing details of the arrest, his office said, but it comes soon after he revealed that pharmacy records show the actor got thousands of dangerous pills from dozens of doctors in the past year.

Brown also said last week that Haim's death was linked to an "illegal and massive prescription-drug ring."

Although the actor's family said Haim had reduced his drug use to near zero, Brown said Friday on HLN's "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell" that he didn't see "any 'zero' pill consumption."

"If he took all the pills that our records show he was prescribed over the last year and three months, he took very damaging assaults on his body," Brown said.

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March 12, 2010

Remembering Corey Haim

Posted: 02:58 PM ET

By Mayim Bialik, Ph.D.

Editor’s note: Mayim Bialik is best known for her lead role as Blossom Russo in the early-1990s NBC television sitcom 'Blossom.'  After the series ended, she earned a degree in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and later, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience.

Those who did not know Corey Haim may be shaking their heads today, dismissing him as just another troubled Hollywood actor who succumbed to the temptations of this industry (did they not feel the same way when Andrew Koenig passed away just weeks ago?); others will look for deeper meaning. Whatever the cause of his passing, anyone who knows what being a child actor is like knows that he received a lot of fame, a lot of money, and a lot of attention before he probably knew what to do with it. 

As someone who knew Corey if only at publicity events we both attended for several years in the 1980s, I feel personal sadness for his family and loved ones. I watched the tabloids in the years I knew him and in the years since we stopped doing publicity together, and even when I was just 12 years old and he was 16, I had a sense that Corey was suffering from something; too much of something or not enough? I could not say then nor can I say now.

I do not claim to be any sort of expert on Hollywood child stars or what leads some of us astray, while others walk the straight and narrow. Do I have the magic formula for how not to have someone do drugs and drink and sleep around? I'm afraid not.

After "Blossom" ended, I craved "normalcy" and I left the industry to go to college and graduate school and to eventually start a family. And I won't lie: I used the services of a trained therapist to deconstruct the insanity that being told you are incredible and not knowing if you can believe it brings. The money, the fame, the attention; it's really all way too much for a little person, no matter how mature or precocious they seem. Many of us become actors because we need more of something; be it approval, love, adoration, or attention. Perhaps the industry is not always the best or only place to get those needs met.

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March 11, 2010

Dr. Drew Pinksy: Corey Haim Should Have Done My Show

Posted: 05:19 PM ET

Via People.com

 

By Howard Breuer

Corey Haim apparently made a fatal mistake when he recently told Celebrity Rehab's producers he had no interest in participating, the show's host, Dr. Drew Pinsky, tells PEOPLE.  

Pinsky, an addiction-medicine specialist, says that friends and associates of the former child actor – who died Wednesday at 38 – have told him for years that Haim needed help with recovery. Pinsky says he gave them his phone number but Haim never called.

Pinksy adds that although Haim has been to rehab facilities several times, "he wasn't embracing treatment in any real way" and was only fooling himself when he told his show's producers "I do not need help."

"He's dead. Do you need to know anything more?" Pinsky said.

Pinsky says that although Haim's heaviest years of abusing illicit drugs were behind him, he apparently followed the path of many addicts, taking prescription drugs instead of cocaine or heroin. He suspects Haim was reckless, exceeding recommended dosages or combining drugs in a dangerous manner – much like Anna Nicole Smith, who died in 2007 from a lethal combination of prescription drugs.

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In His Own Words: Corey Haim Called Himself a 'Chronic Relapser'

Posted: 05:15 PM ET

Via People.com

By Blane Bachelor and Oliver Jones

Even through punishing shame and addiction haze, Corey Haim could always find the words to articulate his demons – no more so than in 2008, when he opened up to PEOPLE in a candid interview that foreshadowed his continued struggles and tragic end. 

"I'm a chronic relapser," Haim, who was then 36, said at the time. "I guess I always will be."

Here is Haim in his own words, chronicling his experience with an all-too-familiar Hollywood storyline: Early success as a child actor, which brought money, fame and substance abuse. He also delved into the rift with fellow actor and longtime friend Corey Feldman, with whom he had an A&E reality show, The Two Coreys, which documented their lives during two seasons.

• On an episode of sexual abuse he suffered around age 14: "I was very, very awake and very ashamed of what was going on, how I put it, I was just ... coming into Hollywood, man, [I was] just a horny little kid, like on drugs, getting fed drugs, man, by vampires."

• On recovering from that situation: "I still blame myself to an extent, but my conscience is much, much more clear. I have come to terms with this a long time ago but obviously not [totally]. Stuff happens when you are a kid, it scars you inside for life."

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