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Reports: Former teen idol Corey Haim is dead at 38

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Several news accounts, including one in the Los Angeles Times, are reporting Wednesday morning that former child star Corey Haim has died at age 38.

Haim, who according to those reports was found unconscious in his San Fernando Valley apartment, was last seen publicly as a reality television personality on A&E’s ‘The Two Coreys,’ which aired in 2007 and 2008. But like his show costar Corey Feldman, he of course came to prominence as a theatrical film star in the 1980s, headlining movies such as Joel Schumacher’s ensemble vampire picture ‘The Lost Boys’ and the high school drama ‘Lucas,’ as well as less well-received but equally successful teen-pinup films such as ‘License to Drive.’

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At his most prolific, the Canadian-born Haim starred in 10 movies across a five-year span in the late 1980s and early 1990s, though in the latter part of that spurt, some of the movies were smaller pictures that were not released in theaters.

He continued working through the 1990s and at various points in the last decade, though many of his films were straight-to-DVD efforts. At the time of his death, Haim had a number of projects in development, including the indie thriller ‘The Pick Up,’ and was set to play a supporting role in the Mischa Barton teen comedy ‘The Science of Cool.’

Some reports, including one on the website of KTLA, suggest Haim may have died of an accidental overdose. If those reports are true, it would be the third drug-related death of a thirtysomething celebrity since summer, following those of Adam ‘DJ AM’ Goldstein and actress Brittany Murphy.

-- Steven Zeitchik


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