With the passing of Corey Haim, longtime friend and co-star, Corey Feldman, remembered the actor. Feldman released a statement after hearing about Haim’s passing from a drug overdose. One particular part touched me:
“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.”
Mandi Bierly from EW’s Pop Watch looked back on her interviews with Haim, 38, and the impact his early career had on her. She recalled one of his most famous films, Lucas, which taught her that the strongest kid in school was the one walking down the hall, knowing he would be teased.
In 2007 Bierly interviewed Haim and Feldman for their upcoming reality series, The Two Coreys. Haim was quite serious throughout the interview, reflecting on the solid work he’d done for the show.
“I really feel like I’m absorbing a lot more than I ever have,” he
said. “I really feel like I’m taking life more seriously than I ever
have, hence the three months of filming, and A&E, our second
chance, not showing up late, and hearing that the editors are not sick
of looking at our faces and they’re pausing it and cracking up at us
all the time. It’s a nice thing because I think work is a very, very,
very tricky thing [for me], and I know I’ve passed the point of being
Corey the Bad Kid to being Corey the Responsible Man to the best I can.
So I think this is my best work because it’s very honest…. Basically, I
think it was the most I’ve ever been in control of myself.”
Feldman was supportive of his struggling friend.
“I love Corey regardless of what life choices he makes and what
direction his life goes,” Feldman said. “Whatever he does, as long as
he’s happy. And as long as he’s….”
“Clean,” Haim said.
“And proud of himself and what he’s doing,” Feldman finished.
Haim’s reflection of his works breaks my heart, because no matter how hard he fought, his demons won. I filled this post with so many quotes because they best exemplify the impact of Haim’s passing.
Various photos of Corey Haim are available in our gallery.