Monday, March 8, 2010

Pulmonary Congestion

Pulmonary congestion took the life of actor Corey Haim, it was revealed today.

The rest from the New York Daily News:

Eighties heart-throb and rehab recidivist Corey Haim had an enlarged heart, pulmonary congestion and water in his lungs when he collapsed and died early Wednesday, his mother told Access Hollywood.

The devastated mom said a Los Angeles County Coroner official called with the report after an autopsy was performed Thursday.

The news followed revelations that the admitted addict, 38, had prescriptions for Valium, Vicodin and a muscle relaxant in the Burbank apartment he shared with his mom.

"No final cause of death has yet been established. We still have outstanding tests we are waiting for," Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey said late Thursday.

Harvey declined to confirm any autopsy findings, but Haim's agent told the News his client confided that he knew he had a heart condition.

"He told me he had a skip in his heart, nothing major," Haim's manager Mark Heaslip said.

Heaslip said it's possible the heart condition played a role in Haim's death and reiterated doubts that Haim was back in the grip of deadly addiction.

He said Haim had weaned himself from serious pill-popping and was working with a new addiction specialist.

He believes the four prescription bottles found in Haim's apartment came from the new doctor.

A different source said three of the prescriptions were for the sedative Valium, the narcotic Vicodin and the muscle relaxant Soma.

The fourth prescription was the anti-psychotic drug haloperidol, according to

"I truly hope it wasn't an overdose," Heaslip said. "But (Corey Haim) wasn't a doctor. If someone is giving him the wrong prescriptions, it's the doctor who should know better."

He said Haim had seen the new doctor only once in recent weeks as part of a plan to stay healthy and sober for a string of leading film roles he'd accepted. Heaslip said Haim's sobriety was a condition of their one and a half year working relationship, and the actor demanded sober sets to stay on the straight and narrow.

The Canadian-born actor starred in '80's hits "Lucas" and "The Lost Boys" but was known more recently for the A&E reality show "The Two Coreys" about his friendship with fellow former teen idol Corey Feldman.

Sources said Haim had been suffering flu-like symptoms in the days leading up to his untimely death.

He'd been running a fever of 99 to 101 degrees and complained of shortness of breath shortly before he dropped to his knees in his bedroom and became unresponsive, Heaslip said.

Haim's mom Judy Haim worried that paramedics took too long to respond to the 911 call she placed at 12:53 a.m., Heaslip said.
She said it felt like responders took 20 minutes to arrive, he said. Officials refuted that claim.

"We were on scene with the first arriving paramedics within six minutes," Los Angeles Fire Department Spokesman Steve Ruda told the News.

"She is very, very upset. They were extremely close," Heaslip said, adding that Haim was helping her battle breast cancer.
"He supported her all the way through the chemo and radiation. He surprised her with a really nice wig. He really took good care of her," the agent said.

(For order, this article has been back-dated)

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