May 5, 2010

Autopsy finds child actor Corey Haim died of pneumonia

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.


Do you think there was a rush to judgement linking Corey Haim's death to drugs?

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Kristy Lynn   May 5th, 2010 3:55 pm ET

We have to remember what Dr. Drew told us when he was on Larry King a couple of months ago when everyone was discussing the autopsy results of Brittany Murphy. Dr. Drew stated that a person may die from phenomena or another infection because they do not feel the symptoms of being sick due to all of their drug abuse. Because they are continuously drugging their bodies and minds they do not realize they are suffering from symptoms that may kill them if left untreated. There is no denying he was using prescription drugs illegally; he just didn’t understand that he needed help for other problems as well. The whole thing is very sad. Sad of him, sad for his family, sad for his fans, and sad for every celebrity or regular person this happens too.

Larry…you should post the video of Dr. Drew explaining this fact. Very interesting topic. Thank you Dr. Drew for the information.

Judie   May 5th, 2010 4:42 pm ET

Of course they did the media controls us to believe the worst Michael Jackson is a prime example...when will the media learn?

Smith in Oregon   May 5th, 2010 5:13 pm ET

I agree with @ Kristy Lynn's comment, I wish this man had not died at all.

However I add this. The dozens of corrupt American Doctors that do what so many licensed AMA MD's do, which is take your money and simply write SCRIPTs for drugs AND yet please consider just for a moment....

If any of those AMA MD's (American Medical Association Medical Doctors) had performed a routine everyday diagnostic testing on Corey Haim they would have immediately discerned Fluids in the Lungs, A Heart Murmur, Indications of a Enlarged Heart and very High Blood Pressure.


If any of those AMA MD's had actually been practicing medical treatment they would have immediately upon discerning the above, called for more in-depth diagnostic testing, Xray the Lungs, Xray or CT Scan the Heart area.

ALL of those dozen or more AMA MD's should have their licenses revoked permanently and locked in jail pending criminal charges of medical malpractice.

Kristy Lynn   May 5th, 2010 6:27 pm ET

@ Smith in Oregon....I agree with you also. Their license should be revoked. Had they done their jobs they would have realized he was suffering from other problems. Instead more and more of the doctors in this country are quick to drug you and release you. It needs to stop. They took an oath to save lives, not to drug them into submission.

Joe G. (Illinois)   May 5th, 2010 6:54 pm ET

What’s the point?
And what is it with everybody liking Dr. Drew?

For him drug abuse is a disease;
Alcoholism is a disease;
Adultery/Fornication a disease;
Maybe even Gluttony a disease;
The Dr. is just…

Jesus Christ can make a drunkard sober in an instant.. And a lot more. Calling sins “Diseases” is not entirely wrong.. But to leave out the part that diseases are manifestations of sins.. Seems to me to be not the best part for his patients or any other one out there.

Maria Copelli   May 5th, 2010 7:12 pm ET

@ALL,Yes there was a serious 'rush' as usual to judgement ,one would think,the powers that be would have learned ,this from so many other situations! It is also wrong ,unjust and just not a nice thing to do!This is sad.....This has got to stop! Love Maria C.

Smith in Oregon thanks forthe comment and I couldnt agree more,when oh wneh are people going to wake up,and when will these 'doctors' start helping patients from the Inside out?
'Let food be they medicine , and Medicine be they food'....Socrates was way ahead ,,......why arent we? Thank you Maria C.

Judie ,you have taken the words from my mouth! Thank YOU! for saying what you said about our Michael ,it is so true ,sad but so true ! Love to you Maria C.

Kristy Lyn ,Thank you too for wonderful intelligent comment ,and reminders.Love ,Maria C.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 5th, 2010 8:08 pm ET

He seemed quite young to be having an enlarged heart and narrowing blood vessels. Sounds like his immune system was probably compromised too.

Below is a quote from the Los Angeles Times article........

...."Investigators recovered several bottles of prescription medications, mostly empty, from his bedroom. Haim's mother told authorities after his death that she had emptied the bottles in the toilet so no one else could get the medication."

I thought this was a bit of a strange thing to do and also the explanation given for it.

Lori - Justice For Michael   May 5th, 2010 8:14 pm ET

This is still sad. Corey is still dead, from what may have been a preventable situation. RIP Corey. The medical community should have been more helpful to you. The media should not have judged you. Its time for a change. Its time for a change. Its time for a change. Hear me?

@Kristy....very good post. And a good idea as well. 🙂


Dodie   May 5th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

It is tragic that this man died in the first place. I find this quite a leap of faith between a drug overdose and pneumonia. A simple drug test could have determined that information at the time of death.

Judie   May 5th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

RIP my forever Lost Boy Corey
The media is a know killer of many stars they need to just back off!

J.P.   May 6th, 2010 12:27 am ET

Citizenship can be taken away for people that are not born in this country and have obtained citizenship… If a person commits a "Felony" and it is proven in a court of law that the person is guilty, Yes their citizenship can be taken away. It is and always has been a privilege to live in this country if you were not born in America.

Oquesen Johnson Jnr.   May 6th, 2010 5:27 am ET

Ofcourse there judgement lg Coreiy Haim's death 2 d use of drugs.
'As it is, doctors ar meant 2 save lives not 2 drug 'em in2 submission!
Coreiy is definetely in2 d use of drugs, bt doctors should b dealt wit in giving out drugs 2 patients without d authentic prescriptions. My question is "why give out weakening drugs just 2 get some bloody cash? Bliv me "some doctors ar killers of dreams"
like Kristy Lynn said "A person may indeed die of pneumonia or other infected disease if they do not feel d symptom due 2 their drug abuse"
D famous MICHEAL JACKSON died of dis similar issues... My mom died of cardiac issues after using a whole lot of drugs 4 having a high-BP.
I tell u, what happened 2 Coreiy Haim is a sad thing indeed, likewise all other young actors & musicians. D use of drug use has being a very serious issue in d case of actors-actresses & musicians.
As an honest Nigerian, I think doctors licence should b revoked & think d use of drugs & effects should b brougHt 2 d knowledge of these uses so they could b more enlightened that THE USE OF DRUGS IS THE BEGINNING OF CALLING DEATH!

kelly   May 6th, 2010 12:39 pm ET

I wonder if autopsies completed on Corey Haim and Brittany Murphy were necessary because of life insurance claims. The cause of death may impact life insurance settlements. Dying as a result of being involved in a criminal activity or from a possible suicide (taking too many drugs, illegally prescribed drugs) may effect eligibility for benefits.

"Pixie Dust "   May 6th, 2010 4:53 pm ET

To my knowledge the coroner listed Corey's death as a natural death.Rest In Peace Corey.

Csleb Demuth   May 6th, 2010 8:26 pm ET

I pray for Judy that she will get some insurance from his death. I know he loved her very much and she is in such a tough financial situation. I pray for her and the rest of his heartbroken fans.

Beth   May 7th, 2010 12:51 pm ET

Corey was 38 years old when he died, stop calling him "child actor", he was in some movies as an adult, the pigeonholing it's so stupid! On the other hand it does not matter what this doctor says anymore, we all know that Corey was a big drug user, so any result from the abuse caused his death. Now let him rest in peace!

Yanni   May 8th, 2010 11:24 pm ET

To die from pneumonia in 2010 is archaic.

Faith   May 13th, 2010 1:45 pm ET

No die from pneumonia in 2010 is not archaic. There are so many factors to be considered, that not all people recover from the illness. It is a direct illness of the lungs. But that was not his only problem. An enlarged heart, twice the weight of a normal heart with narrowing blood vessels. All of that contributes to his death. Someone can have pneumonia and not realize it. It can be thought to be the flu, bronchitis, chest cold, etc. Then when it becomes to the point where you can't breath, it could be too late. So don't jump to conclusions that pneumonia should be a sure cure in 2010. Thousands of people die every year from pneumonia. But I do agree, any doctor that treated Cory, should have done all the proper testing. It may have made for a better outcome.

becky   September 9th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

There is a special "pneumonia " you get from mixing the wrong drugs together,. They may have died from pneumonia but it was caused from mixing methadone or a similiar painkiller with librium or something else. 1 wrong pill is all it takes to make a killer mix. If they would quit their cover up crap they might be able to stop someone else from the same mistake.

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