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Photos: Corey Haim: 1971-2010

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  1. Young star

    Corey Haim, right, stars with Kerri Green in the 1986 film "Lucas." The Canadian born Haim broke into the film industry in 1984. On Wednesday, March 10, he died at the age of 38. (20th Century Fox via Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. One of the 'Roomies'

    Haim is seen in character as a college student in a promotional portrait for the television series "Roomies" in 1986. The show was about a 14-year-old named Matthew who shares a college dorm room with a middle-aged man named Nick in this short-lived "Odd Couple" type sitcom. (NBC via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Got each other's back

    Haim, right, collaborated numerous times with fellow actor Corey Feldman, including on 1989's "Dream A Little Dream," about an elderly couple who find themselves trapped in the bodies of two teenagers. (Vestron Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. For the 'Love'

    Haim stars in the 1993 film "Anything for Love," in which his character dresses as a girl in order to hide from the high school bullies who are tormenting him. When the disguise works, he decides to stay that way. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. One of the 'Boys'

    Haim, center, and Feldman, left, found their greatest fame in the 1987 film "The Lost Boys," about a group of teenage vampires. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Those 'Two'

    Feldman, left, and Haim attend the A&E premiere of their reality show "'The Two Coreys" at Sugar nightclub in Hollywood, Calif., on July 27, 2007. "The Two Coreys" featured Haim, unemployed and single, moving in with Feldman and Feldman's wife, Susie Sprague. The show was cancelled after Haim suffered a substance abuse relapse. The final episode aired August 17, 2008. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Ready for action

    Haim, right, appears with action star Jason Statham in a scene from 2009's "Crank: High Voltage." (Justin Lubin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Trying to stay in the game

    Haim attends the 2009 American Film Market conference at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel on Nov. 6, 2009. (Thos Robinson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 3/10/2010 3:34:00 PM ET 2010-03-10T20:34:00

Corey Haim, a 1980s teen heartthrob whose career was blighted by drug abuse, has died. He was 38.

Haim died early Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said.

“As he got out of bed, he felt a little weak and went down to the floor on his knees,” Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said. His mother called paramedics.

An autopsy will determine cause of death. There was no evidence of foul play, police Sgt. Michael Kammert said.

Haim, who gained attention for roles in “Lucas” and “The Lost Boys,” had flulike symptoms before he died and was getting over-the-counter and prescription medications, police Sgt. William Mann said.

“He could have succumbed to whatever (illness) he had or it could have been drugs,” Mann said. “He has had a drug problem in the past.”

Haim was taken by ambulance to the hospital from an apartment in Los Angeles near Burbank.

Video: Child star Haim dies of reported overdose His friend, Corey Feldman, said he wept when he heard the news.

“This is a tragic loss of a wonderful, beautiful, tormented soul, who will always be my brother, family and best friend,” he said in a statement. “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.

“I hope the art Corey has left behind will be remembered as the passion of that for which he truly lived,” Feldman said.

Haim acknowledged his struggle with drug abuse to a British tabloid in 2004.

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“I was working on ‘Lost Boys’ when I smoked my first joint,” he told The Sun. “I did cocaine for about a year and a half, then it led to crack.”

Haim said he went into rehabilitation and was put on prescription drugs. He took stimulants and sedatives.

“I started on the downers, which were a hell of a lot better than the uppers because I was a nervous wreck,” he said.

In 2007, he told ABC’s “Nightline” that drugs hurt his career.

“I wasn’t functional enough to work for anybody, even myself. I wasn’t working,” he said.

The Toronto-born actor got his start in television commercials at 10 and developed a good reputation for his work in such films as 1985’s “Murphy’s Romance” and his portrayal of Liza Minnelli’s dying son in the 1985 television film “A Time to Live.”

His career peaked when he became a heartthrob with his roles in the 1986 movie “Lucas” and “The Lost Boys” in 1987 in which he battled vampires.

Slideshow: Fallen stars In later years, he made a few TV appearances and had several direct-to-video movies. He also had a handful of recent movies that have not yet been released.

In 1997, Haim filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, listing debts for medical expenses and more than $200,000 in state and federal taxes.

His assets included a few thousand dollars in cash, clothing and royalty rights.

In recent years, he appeared in the A&E reality TV show “The Two Coreys” with Feldman. It was canceled in 2008 after two seasons. Feldman later said Haim’s drug abuse strained their working and personal relationships.

In a 2007 interview on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Haim called himself “a chronic relapser for the rest of my life.”

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