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Reports: Corey Haim's mom says actor died of enlarged heart, other health issues

L.A. County coroner’s officials said Friday that the cause of death of actor Corey Haim was still being investigated, and they declined to confirm reports that Haim had an enlarged heart, pulmonary congestion and water in his lungs when he died.

“We are not confirming anything,” said Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter. “The cause of death is still pending.”

Toxicology reports could take two months, coroner’s officials said. Winter said “preliminary [autopsy] information” had been released to Judy Haim, the deceased actor’s mother, and she may have released details to the media.

According to wire reports, Judy Haim told the entertainment news show "Access Hollywood" that her son had an enlarged heart, pulmonary congestion and water in his lungs when he collapsed.

The Associated Press reported Friday that authorities recovered four prescription drug bottles bearing Haim’s name, “but found nothing illegal while investigating his death.”

Haim, who was known to have battled drug addiction for years, died Wednesday at his mother’s Burbank apartment. He was 38 years old.

--Ann M. Simmons

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knew Corey before he started acting. We shared a few years of friendship and a couple of times I didn't see him for periods of time while working as an actor. The last time we saw each other was at the front doors of the public school we went to. He had a girlfriend who he was all over like a fat kid on a smarty. Her, Corey, and I stood in front of the school to say our goodbye's in which I thought wouldn't really be the last time. What did I know, I was only about 10 years old. Hugs, and sadness were all around us as he drove off with his Mom. Over the years I came to realize that Corey was gone for good. However, it was television and movies that I believe to this day, kept my memories of our friendship which I have always held on to. Sure, I tried contacting him various times, but just never succeeded. Can't answer why I never got any response but have always assumed my messages never reached him. Almost like trying to contact leaders of government. I became to realize that my efforts were just not working, so as all his fans, I just followed him through television and movies. I was proud to tell people who I met throughout my life, that I had a close friendship with him in our younger years. Regardless of not speaking to him anymore, and learning about his addictions. Some people would mention him as a drug addict and I'd just let them know that he is not alone and until you walk in their shoes you will never know. I never really like those people after that. In my mind, addictions are a desease, and a desease is something very hard to overcome. Some desease's we can't even cure. Regardless, Corey was still that friend of mine at about age 10 back in public school. He was just an amazing person to be around with. He respected me, my family, and our friendship. Needless to say, if Corey wasn't bitten by the acting bug, I'd tend to think that we would stil have our close friendship and that his addictions would of never got to the way they did. I, personally blame the Entertainment business. You take a child at such a young age out of public school who is used to just doing school work and playing with his friends, and all of a sudden you change that childs life into something that dreams are made of, than you give that child nothing but fame and fortune throughout all his younger years, than one day, it just all goes away. How does someone deal with that. How about dealing with the pressures and stress associated with being a young actor, and not only that but dealing with the same pressures we all dealt with growing up. It has just got to be hard. Corey turned to addictions. Corey just needed something, I believe, to help handle everything going on and that lead to more and more. Isn't that how most addictions start? Corey just couldn't kick the habit. We can't say he didn't try, and we can't say he didn't. An addiction is a desease though and sometimes deseases just have a way of finding themselves back. Regarless, to this day, I will swear that Corey was an amazing person and even though I really didn't know him for many years until he passed, I think he would of held onto some of those qualities that I knew, throughout the rest of his life. I bet you his friends, like Corey Feldman, can tell me that I am right, he had the same old style and carried it on through the rest of his life. My merories will stay with me for the rest of my life, and keeping these is something no one can take away from me. Rest in Peace old friend.:)

Brad, that is a touching story. I have been through 13 years of addiction in Hollywood that almost took my life. We really have to learn where to place the blame. In my case, I hung out with people who did drugs and had been doing them a lot longer than me. That is how we fall into deep addiction. We learn it from other hardcore addicts and then we become one ourselves. Before we know it we’re in too deep and we no longer understand how to ask for help. But we are to blame. I was lucky, I relapsed myself into recovery and I made it. Some of us do not have that kind of luck. I am 11 years sober and counting and I know that we must remember where we came from if we are going to get back to a sane life we understand. If Corey got your messages, he should have called you. It may have made a difference. I am sad for you. God bless.

as a foster parent in indiana have seen kids come and go and see there life change and always felt that i could change the world but just could not.
always wanted to help kids that get caught up in life and not in the real world. Most just need someone on the outside to look in and let them know that there a good life out there without drugs.
we have that trouble here but people need to take their kids fishin and some of the other things in life to get a fresh air break.
I'm sure Corey had alot of people that cared for him and he didn't even know,but we all hate to hear about these things happening and feel that maybe there is a lite on the other side and he will help someone from above.
We will miss him and remember him,

Alex Datig,

I appreciate your kind words and congrads. on 11 years of being sober....good for you....

R.I.P. Haimster. You'll be missed.

Man, this Brad Fitzakerley has the exact same comment posted everywhere ! He must be wanting an interview by In Touch or something

I have no interest in any interviews Diane.....I would decline any....that is just a disrespectful comment thinking that I am praying on my old school chums death to get media attention...disgusting...my posts are to share feelings from an average guy who's life Corey influenced....Yes it is all the same and I have no shame sharing it on many different sites ....not everyone reads comments from every site....

So, please could you ever be so kind and respect that...


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