A Funeral Fit for a Star
Corey Haim may have been down on his luck and destitute, but some generous souls are reaching out to ensure that the child actor has a funeral to remember. The 38-year-old star of such hits as The Lost Boys, Lucas, License To Drive and Dream A Little Dream died suddenly last week. Although he was suffering flu-like symptoms, insiders believe his addiction to prescription pills may have contributed to his untimely demise. The out-of-work actor had long struggled with substance abuse, checking into rehab no less than 15 times throughout the years. Now, authorities have even linked his death to a major prescription drug ring. At the time of his death, the Canadian actor was sharing a low-rent apartment with his cancer-stricken mother. In addition to having no permanent place of residence, he also didn't have a car or a job. A source says that every other month or so, Haim would put in an appearance to earn some revenue. So it goes without saying that his mother likely doesn't have the funds to pay for a proper Hollywood-style send off. One memorabilia site maintains that they intend on donating a whopping $20,000 to pay for burial costs, a headstone and the transportation of his body to Toronto, where Haim will be laid to rest. Startifacts, who is raising the funds by auctioning off Haim memorabilia, says it will give his family a check this week. They aren't the only ones reaching out to lend a helping hand. According to Haim's mom Judy, the city of Toronto has also offered to cover some of the costs of Haim's funeral.