Yesterday came the sad news that child star and 80s teen heartthrob Corey Haim had been found dead of an overdose. It came as a surprise to few as the world has been watching his slow decline into drugs for years, but it was the ending everyone hoped would be avoided. Always troubled, he seemed the archetypal fallen star even at 38.
Naturally, the celebrity community lent their voices to the outpouring of condolences, grief and shock via social networking website Twitter. At a time like this, some celebrities chose to simply offer their best wishes, others seemed completely shocked and others used the platform to spread a positive message to the world to stay away from drugs, which every year kill 20 000 in accidental overdoses alone. It’s a sobering number and one that only seems all the more real when it claims a public figure.
Here are the reactions from the stars, found on Canoe.ca.
Ashton Kutcher: “Rip Corey Haim ‘Childhood hero.'”
Meredith Salenger (Haim’s Dream A Little Dream leading lady): “Just woke to hear Corey Haim passed away. Heartbreaking. so sad. Rest in Peace Corey.”
Melissa Gilbert: “Corey Corey Corey. You will be missed. May those who love you find peace knowing that there is no more torture for you…no more pain. My heart aches for your mother. Fly well, dear talented boy.”
Karina Smirnoff (‘Dancing With The Stars’): “What is happening with Hollywood? Corey Haim found dead from overdose. Another talent lost to drugs.”
Melissa Joan Hart: “No way! I just saw him last week at a Lupus event!”
Alyssa Milano: “Just woke up to the sad, sad news that Corey Haim passed away. RIP sweet boy.”
Kevin Smith: “Lost Boy goes home: Corey Haim, dead at 38. G’bye, LUCAS. You gave hope to the weird & unlikely.”
Billy Bush: If u look at the list of guys corey haim worked with…its a who’s who of trouble. Poor guy, surely he was deeply troubled
Ralph Macchio: “Always so sad and disturbing when the addiction and demons prevail. RIP Corey Haim.”
The news was also devastating to close friend and frequent collaborator Corey Feldman, half of the 80s-dominating duo known as the Coreys who in recent years starred with Haim in a reality show. ET Online reports…
“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,” Feldman discloses.
Feldman and Haim costarred in seven movies together including ‘The Lost Boys’ and ‘License to Drive.’ In addition to their films, the actors had an A&E reality series in 2007 called “The Two Coreys.”
“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,” Feldman says. “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.”