Of course we all know by now that Corey Haim died on Wednesday this week and I have to say, this is one Hollywood death that I’m not all that upset about. I mean, it’s Corey Haim, and being riddled with drug problems for what seemed like his whole entire life, I’m surprised that he made it to the age of 38. Corey’s death was first linked to prescription drugs, and while that’s still very much the case, it may be even far worse than that. Add to that the fact that his family seems to want to make money off of his fame, even after his death, and the whole thing becomes even more dramatic than even Corey’s life was.
I’ll start with his family because that’s what I’m most confused about. They have taken to Corey’s website to ask fans to help pay for the cost of transporting Corey’s body back to Canada, where he’s originally from, so that he can be buried there. Apparently, the cost of transport and the actual funeral are expenses that Corey’s family just can’t pay. So, they’re asking strangers. Now, I realize that funerals are expensive and I can’t even imagine how much it must cost to transport a body. But still, there’s something about this that just seems wrong to me. How much money did Corey Haim make in his lifetime? A lot I’m betting. Even though he did enjoy the height of his career 30-some years ago, he still had the show The Two Coreys (which for some reason, people seem to have liked.) And if he didn’t have any money left to leave to his family, that’s not really my fault and I don’t understand why myself, or people like me, are being asked to foot the bill. Maybe his family really just does need money to bury him but, it seems like a cash grab to me. If Corey Haim spent all of his money on prescription drugs, that’s not my problem and I’m not willing to pay for that drug addiction now that he’s gone. And that brings us to his drug addiction…
Of course, the world knows that Haim suffered from drug addiction most of his life. And it has been said that he died from a prescription drug overdose. But now it seems, he may have actually been part of a drug ring in L.A. and authorities are now looking into it. From Radar Online,
“An illegal prescription drug ring has been linked to the death of actor Corey Haim and is now under investigation by California State Attorney General Jerry Brown.
RadarOnline.com was first to report that Haim’s death was likely from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Now Brown has put out a press release linking Haim’s death to an “illegal and massive prescription-drug ring.”
An unauthorized prescription under Haim’s name was found during an ongoing investigation of fake prescription-drug pads from a vendor in San Diego, according to the press release.
The drug ring uses stolen identities from doctors to obtain prescription drugs pads, which the state says are then sold on the street. So far the investigation has uncovered approximately 5,000 fake prescriptions for Southern California.
Haim had a prescription drug addiction problem for years. And although some reports have said he was clean at the time of his death people close to him say he was not.
“Corey Haim’s death is yet another tragedy linked to the growing problem of prescription-drug abuse,” Attorney General Brown said. “This problem is increasingly linked to criminal organizations, like the illegal and massive prescription-drug ring under investigation. It’s a serious public health problem.”
I don’t disagree that it’s a big problem. Over the past year, we’ve seen far too many celebrities fall prey to prescription drugs. Michael Jackson, Brittany Murphy, and now, Corey Haim. And please let me be clear. I do think it’s sad when anyone’s life ends before they’ve even had the chance to turn 40. I just resent being asked to pay for that death, or the repercussions of it. If you’re interested in donating though, you can do so on Corey Haim’s website here.
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