RIP Corey Haim – The Swelle Life
Corey Haim was found dead this morning in Los Angeles of an apparent overdose which TMZ is reporting as ‘possibly accidental’, according to the LAPD.
Update: According to TMZ, he collapsed in front of his mother in her bedroom just before 1 am and she called 911. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 2:15 am. no illicit drugs were found but four prescription bottles were in his mother’s apartment.
Now, I’ll admit I was never a fan of Corey Haim. though I thought he was an adorable little boy in Silver Bullet I was never crushing on him when he was a teen as so many girls were. But I met him once, inadvertently, and that experience makes his premature death sad for me.
It was about six years ago when I was living inToronto. I’d just finished work and went next door to get some take outfrom this new pasta place that had opened. I was waiting at the bar formy order and there was a guy sitting there alone, being a bit of a pest withthe young waitress, so I avoided eye contact and kept a distance. He was drinkingtequila shots, it was about 5 pm. He asked me about the shoes I hadjust bought (I was carrying a huge bag from a shop) and I still wasn’treally looking at him but managed to be just polite enough with this mess of aman. He told me how much he loves his Payless shoes – he was quite animated about it, all wide eyed – and that his motherbought them for him. He said they were ‘the best shoes ever’ and he put his foot upto show his white trainers to me. I smiled. Then he said ‘People in Toronto are really nice. Ireally like Toronto.’ I nodded. ‘I lived in LA for a long time.’ Ithought the whole exchange was so odd, he was so childlike talking about his shoes yet looked so haggard and burdened. I could feel that he wanted me to ask him abouthimself. just then my food came and it clicked, as I was getting my things together toleave I took at good look at him and thought ‘Oh my god, it’s CoreyHaim.’ He looked terrible, very bloated and in need of a good haircut.as I left he was staring somberly into his glass. I couldn’t help but feel I had let him down, but what to say to him?
The next time I went back I asked the staff about him and they saidhe’d been there almost constantly. the guys all wanted to know what it was like to date Alyssa Milano and he was only too happy to oblige. Apparently the day I saw him he hadcome directly from rehab and he was living with his mother around thecorner – they are originally from Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto. Itwas so sad that he so desperately wanted me to recognize him, engagingme in conversation just so that I would notice who he was.
I never thought life was going to offer him a happy ending after seeing him that day, and unfortunately I was right. RIP Corey.
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