Corey Haim and Corey Feldman will be forever linked, from their onscreen collaborations in '80s films like "The Lost Boys" and "License to Drive" to their more recent A&E reality show, "The Two Coreys." Following Haim's death on Wednesday (March 10) from an apparent drug overdose, Feldman released a statement expressing grief over the passing of his longtime friend.
"I was awakened at 8:30 this morning by my brother and sister knocking on my bedroom door," Feldman explained in the statement. "They informed me of the loss of my brother Corey Haim. My eyes weren't even open all the way when the tears started streaming down my face.
"I am so sorry for Corey, his mother Judy, his family, my family, all of our fans, and of course my son who I will have to find a way to explain this to when he gets home from school," the statement continued. "This is a tragic loss of a wonderful, beautiful, tormented soul, who will always be my brother, family, and best friend. We must all take this as a lesson in how we treat the people we share this world with while they are still here to make a difference. Please respect our families as we struggle and grieve through this difficult time."
Haim, 38, was rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital early Wednesday and declared dead shortly thereafter. TMZ cites unnamed law-enforcement sources as saying prescription-medication bottles were found near his body. Haim had long battled drug addictions and told MTV News in 2007, "They built rehabs because of me."
"I hope the art Corey has left behind will be remembered as the passion of that for which he truly lived," Feldman said.