RIP Corey Haim

Teen Idol dies at 38

I wasn’t a big fan of the Coreys (Haim and Feldman) back in the day – they were a little young for me.  But I certainly was aware of their teen-idolness.  Now, like so many before him, teen star Corey Haim is dead at a young age.

Haim worked pretty steadily through the 90s, but imdb.com shows a 5 year gap in his career between 2002 and 2007.  I have no idea what he was doing, but his (now canceled) reality show with Feldman seemed to be revitalizing his Hollywood career.  He had a fistful of projects either in the can or in development.  Seemed like quite a comeback at the tender age of 38.  It’s hard to imagine a world where you can soar, plummet, humiliate yourself through reality TV and begin a new career all before the age of 40.  But I guess that’s Hollywood.  Wherever he was for those five years, maybe he shouldn’t have come back to acting.

Haim’s death is currently being called an accident, but I suspect toxicology results will be “inconclusive”.  I’ve said it before, Hollywood eats its young.  Haim was more fodder for the machine – it just took a little longer for him to succumb.  My condolences to his family and friends.

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