Actor Corey Haim died from complications of pneumonia and an enlarged heart, the Los Angeles County coroner announced in a press statement on Tuesday. While traces of eight prescription and over-the-counter medications were found in Haim’s system, none are believed to have contributed to his death.
The Corey Haim autopsy report officially lists the former child star’s cause of death as natural causes from “community-acquired pneumonia.” Haim died on March 10 after collapsing in his mother’s apartment. He had reportedly been ill with flu-like symptoms in the days before his death.
Haim struggled with drug and alcohol addiction much of his life and allegedly obtained over 500 prescription pills through “doctor shopping” in the two months before his death. California Attorney General Jerry Brown said in April that Haim had visited multiple doctors to acquire prescriptions for Valium, Xanax, Vicodin, Oxycontin and other medications.
Trace amounts of eight prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including tranquilizers, marijuana and cold medications were found in Haim’s body. The coroner’s office, however, says none of the drugs were “at a level that would have contributed to his death.”
In addition to the damage caused to Haim’s respiratory system from the pneumonia, the actor also had an enlarged heart, partially blocked coronary arteries and an enlarged liver.
The city of Toronto is not picking up the tab for the funeral of former child star Corey Haim. Despite a claim by Haim’s mother, Judy Haim, the city denies they are helping pay for the actor’s funeral.
“The City of Toronto confirms no involvement in funeral costs for Mr. Haim,” Toronto communications director Kevin Sack said in a press statement on Monday. “The City of Toronto has never received an application for assistance with the funeral costs for Mr. Haim.”
Judy Haim told Access Hollywood that the city of Toronto would be paying for her son’s funeral. We’re not sure where she got that information, but apparently city officials aren’t aware they are supposed to be footing the bill. The confusion may come over a city program that assists with funeral costs for any resident whose estate cannot pay for a basic burial service. Haim was allegedly virtually broke when he died last week.
Celebrity memorabilia site Startifacts.com has reportedly offered up $20,000 to help with expenses for the funeral. Fans of Corey Haim have also been working to raise funds to help with costs and a funeral chapel in Toronto is reportedly helping as well.
Meanwhile, Corey Haim’s longtime friend and former co-star Corey Feldman will not be making the trip to Toronto for the actor’s funeral. “Understanding the recent media attention and to be respectful of the family’s wishes I have decided not to attend,” Feldman said in a blog post. “Instead I will remain in Los Angeles quietly mourning and planning his memorial.”
Although it has been widely speculated that Corey Haim died of an apparent drug overdose, an official cause of death is still pending toxicology reports from the Los Angeles Coroner’s Department.