Corey Feldman “Troubled” That Hollywood Turned Its Back On Corey Haim
Actor Corey Feldman sat down with Larry King last night to discuss the sudden and tragic death yesterday morning of his longtime best friend, former ’80s teen idol Corey Haim (see clip above). He said that after over 20 years of battling his drug addiction, Haim was finally getting his act together in recent months, lining up some work projects and taking care of his mother who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. “It was the first time I ever saw Corey grow up. He was grown up. He was responsible. He was there with her every day [for] the chemotherapy. He was there with her every day getting the radiation. I actually picked them both up from the hospital and drove them back to their apartment, because he didn’t have a car.” Feldman said that Haim was broke and destitute at the end of his life, living in a month-to-month apartment in Oakwood with his mom. He blames Hollywood for turning its back on the former child star, saying: “We build people up as children, we put them on pedestals and then when we decide that they’re not marketable anymore, we walk away from them. And then we taunt them and we tease them … Why is it OK to kick somebody when they’re down?” He added: “I appreciate the fact that everybody really cares and — and is trying to show their expression of sorrow right now, but at the end of the day, Larry, where were all these people the last 10 years, the last 15 years of Corey’s life?” Do you agree that it’s Hollywood’s job to care for its former child stars and help keep them on the right track?