With the reports that he recently completed a stint in rehab for cocaine, Zac Efron’s getting more buzz (oops) than any of his recent movie roles. That’s not to suggest he fell into a dangerous drug habit on purpose, mind you. But we have noticed cocaine has played a role in the lives of quite a few actors who got an early start in Hollywood — and it wasn’t necessarily to their benefit. If the rumors of the High School Musical star (whose upcoming movies include Parkland and Neighbors) trashing hotel rooms and missing shoots are true, we’re pretty glad he got help. Here are some other former teen/child stars whose cocaine use got in the way of us taking their adult careers seriously:
We can’t be the only ones who love watching the In Memoriam tributes at awards shows. It’s endlessly fascinating to watch a recap of celebrity death in montage form, and it makes us misty when we remember those celebrities we particularly loved or who died especially tragically. Sometimes we need to keep an eye out to read the name of someone we don’t recognize, a producer or composer usually, but the names are always displayed. Last night’s Emmy tribute was no different than any other, and we thought nothing of it, possibly because we were too busy plugging our ears while Jewel yodeled a song about you-shaped holes in her heart.
But it turns out, lots of people didn’t recognize Corey Haim during the montage and in a flash, the internet was all abuzz over how we lost that American treasure, child actor Fred Savage this year. Never mind the fact that Haim’s name was flashed on screen. Never mind the fact that Fred Savage has an active Twitter account or that he’s been busy directing episodes of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia these days. Savage is 100% alive, and we’re relieved by that. But forgive us for relishing this story for another reason – without it, we never would have discovered the above picture of Savage as a child – nay, as the most adorable child that ever lived.
In case you missed it, watch the whole In Memoriam tribute after the jump. R.I.P. Corey Haim and all the other small screen stars we lost this year.
Corey Haim‘s official cause of death is still pending the toxicology report, but he probably had a pill problem, judging from the number of prescriptions and the sheer volume of pills he managed to get three months prior to his death. 550 prescription pills, to be exact.
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Actress Alyssa Milano is asking her Twitter followers to join her in a “group hug” today, after hearing the news that Corey Haim, ’80s idol and former boyfriend, died of a drug overdose.
“Just woke up to the sad, sad news that Corey Haim passed away. RIP sweet boy,” she tweeted, before adding, “~GROUPHUG~ Get in.”
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Daisy De La Hoya, who posted “inconsolable” tweets after learning of Corey Haim‘s death, has come forward to say she and late actor had struck up a relationship little over a month before his death yesterday. “Corey was looking forward to the future, he was making plans,” she told Radar. “He had a movie coming up and he was talking about directing, I can’t believe he would of done this on purpose, it had to be an accident.” The pair were introduced by none other than Corey Feldman. “[He] had been saying to me for ages that I had to meet Corey Haim, he said we were totally kindred spirits and that we would really hit it off…Eventually we did meet and he was right.”
According to E! News, the pair went on their first “official date” only two weeks ago. “Daisy loved The Lost Boys, and she always had a crush on Corey,” says their source. “They weren’t in an exclusive relationship, but they were having a lot of fun getting to know each other and seeing what would happen. Corey told Daisy she is a beautiful person with a beautiful heart.” “It’s such a tragedy, he was so talented and had so much to offer,” said De La Hoya. “He was a sweet, caring, respectful person who just wanted to be loved.”
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In the wake of Corey Haim‘s untimely death, Corey Feldman is lashing out at the media for speculating about his cause of death without all the facts. At first glance, Haim’s death appears similar to Brittany Murphy‘s – both were former drug users whose deaths were pegged as accidental overdoses, but Haim too was suffering from flu-like symptoms and taking prescription drugs at the time of his death. As a drug user who had struggled to get clean, drugs seemed an obvious conclusion, but Feldman told Larry King he’s sick of people guessing what happened. “They need to stop jumping the gun. They need to stop saying it is a drug overdose. . . Until the coroner’s report comes out and we have specific evidence and know what the toxicology reports say, nobody knows.”
Feldman also took on the Hollywood machine, saying that the entertainment industry had treated Haim cruelly. “In Hollywood we build people up as children, we put them on pedestals, and then, when we decide they’re not marketable anymore, we walk away from them. Then we taunt them and we tease them … It’s okay for society as a whole to poke fun at, to point fingers at, us as human beings. Why is it okay to kick somebody when they’re down? I don’t think it should be tolerated anymore,” he told King. Feldman plans to hold a “sizeable memorial”for his best friend, though a date has yet to be determined.
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Corey Feldman has issued a public statement concerning long-time co-star and friend Corey Haim, found dead early this morning at the age 38 from an apparent drug overdose.
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. 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.
Haim and Feldman were forever linked following such late ’80s teen hits as The Lost Boys, License To Drive and Dream A Little Dream, continuing to appear together in straight-to-video releases and their own reality show long after their heyday (the photo above was taken at the Playboy Mansion little over a month ago). See clips from their films—and the ad for their hotline—after the jump.
Former child star Corey Haim was found dead by LAPD early this morning, the victim of a drug overdose. The actor, 38, was best known for a string of ’80s films co-starring Corey Feldman, and The Two Coreys, a recent A&E reality series about the pair. On national TV since the age of 10, Haim’s cinematic breakthrough was the titular role in Lucas, a 1986 film co-starring Winona Ryder and Charlie Sheen. In 1987, Haim starred in The Lost Boys, his first film with on-again/off-again friend Feldman. Police have yet to determine if Haim’s death was accidental.
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