The Associated Press is reporting that actor Corey Haim, known to horror fans for his role in THE LOST BOYS (1987), died on Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California. Haim, who had been ill with “flulike symptoms,” was taken to the hospital after collapsing when he got out of bed in the morning.
The AP article offers speculation from police Sgt William Mann that the death could be drug-related (Haim had a history of substance abuse that impeded his career), but so far the cause of death is unknown, pending an autopsy.
Haim gained attention in 1986 with LUCAS and with THE LOST BOYS a year later, but his career stalled after that. During the next couple decades, he continued making television appearances and working in direct-to-video movies, but he gave interviews stating that his drug use had rendered him not “functional enough to work for anybody, even myself.”
Haim’s other horror, fantasy, and science fiction credits include SILVER BULLET (1985), WATCHERS (1988), PRAYER OF THE ROLLERBOYS (1990), and the 2008 sequel, THE LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE. On television, he appeared in MERLIN (1998) and episode of PSI FACTOR (“The Egress”), also in 1998. His last high-profile television appearance was two seasons (2007 and 2008) of the A&E reality TV show THE TWO COREYS, in which he appeared with his LOST BOYS co-star and friend Corey Feldman.
This article has been expanded to include more of Haim’s genre credits.