Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Dream a Little Dream, Corey...

Sad news came from the entertainment world today with the announcement that Corey Haim was found dead of an apparent drug overdose. He was 38 years old.

In recent years Haim was known more for his struggles with drug addiction than anything else, never able to regain the kind of fame like he had in his teens. But to me, he'll always be one of the "two Coreys" (along with longtime friend Corey Feldman, who certainly has had his own share of demons to battle). He'll always be the heartbroken, sensitive Lucas and of course, one of the brothers confronting a fairly menacing (but cool) band of vampires in The Lost Boys.

It's sad to see another former child/teen actor lose his life to a drug overdose. It really makes me wonder what the price of fame truly is. Fame is so fleeting for so many, and turning to drugs and alcohol to fill the void that notoriety left behind often ends tragically.

While Corey Haim might not have had the life he dreamed of, I hope he had some satisfaction in knowing how meaningful some of his early movies continue to be for so many. And while no one should die to teach a lesson, I hope Haim's death provides a wake-up call for others facing the same challenges with addiction: it is not shameful to admit you need help. But you have to get help before it's too late.

RIP, Corey...

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