When Corey Haim died, the news shocked fans and pop-culture followers alike. Now, nearly two months later, the results of an autopsy are finally providing answers about what killed the '80s icon.
According to a coroner's report released Tuesday (May 4), the "License to Drive" star died of natural causes from a combination of pneumonia and respiratory and heart trouble.
According to a KTLA report, state Attorney General Jerry Brown told the TV station that the troubled actor illegally obtained more than 550 prescription pills in the months leading up to his death. Brown said Haim had secured such pills as Valium and Soma through seven different doctors who were reportedly "duped." The report from Craig R. Harvey, Los Angeles chief coroner investigator & chief of operations, however, says: "The toxicology report revealed no significant contributing factors."
In addition, the report reads: "The cause of death has been determined to be: Diffuse alveolar damage, community acquired pneumonia, other conditions (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy with coronary arteriosclerosis)." The report concludes with "Manner of death: Natural."
Haim died at age 38 on March 10 at Burbank, California's Saint Joseph Medical Center. He had collapsed hours earlier at his mother's apartment in Hollywood. Although Haim's family said the actor had cut back significantly on the drug addictions that had plagued him for years, a producer on one of his final projects told MTV News in March that he was still struggling with substance problems in 2008.
Over the course of three decades in Hollywood, Haim made a name for himself in films like "Lucas," "The Lost Boys," "License to Drive" and "Dream a Little Dream." In 2008, he made a minor comeback alongside fellow '80s superstar Corey Feldman in "The Two Coreys," a reality show that chronicled their friendship.
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