Corey Haim's Funeral Draws Hundreds Of Friends, Family And Fans
Hundreds of friends and family packed the Thornhill memorial chapel in Toronto on Tuesday (March 16) for the [article id="1633897"]funeral of actor Corey Haim[/article], who died last week at age 38 of yet-undetermined causes.
According to The Toronto Star, more than 200 people attended the ceremony, while more than a dozen fans of "The Lost Boys" star stood quietly on the chapel lawn outside to pay their respects. Maytal Kotler -- a second cousin of Haim's longtime friend and acting foil Corey Feldman who also appeared in the pair's reality show, "The Two Coreys" -- described the service as "very sad but with a lot of laughter." The service was closed to the public. Among the speakers at the event were Haim's best friend and an aunt and a cousin, according to CBC News.
Following the 45-minute service, the long funeral procession left the chapel grounds escorted by seven police patrol cars. Due to Haim's financial difficulties at the time of his death, his mother, Judy, had asked fans to pitch in to cover the costs of the funeral and burial. A note on Haim's MySpace page posted over the weekend read, "It appears that we may now have raised enough money to cover all the expenses of Corey's funeral! Many thanks to all who donated!" A celebrity memorabilia site that Haim sometimes sold items to, Startifacts, had also pledged to donate some funds to help defray the costs of the funeral.
Though Feldman and Haim were close in life and shared the screen a number of times, [article id="1633902"]Feldman said in a statement[/article] on Sunday that he would not be attending the funeral out of respect for the family's wishes but will instead help plan a yet-unscheduled public memorial in Los Angeles.
"In the days following my best friend Corey Haim's death, I have spent much time with his mother Judy, who has always been like a mother to me," Feldman said. "I would love nothing more than to be by her side at Corey's funeral, however due to their strong religious beliefs, and need for privacy, the family has decided to make Corey's funeral on Tuesday a small, private affair."
The Los Angeles County Coroner's office has said Haim, who struggled for years with [article id="1633645"]substance addiction[/article], had an [article id="1633767"]enlarged heart[/article], pulmonary congestion and water in his lungs at the time of his death, though an official cause of death has been deferred pending toxicology tests.