Corey Haim tried to get clean for new show

corey_haimWhen Corey Haim died last week, he was apparently trying to get clean because he was working with TV producer Jim Katz on developing a new reality series called Lost Boy Found that would follow his attempt to remain clean and sober while pursuing a career in music. Katz talked to yesterday, telling them he teamed up with Haim about a year ago. “Corey was doing drugs, and everyone knows that,” Katz openly admitted. “This project wasn’t about exploiting him or showing him stoned. This was about his decision to clean himself up.” Haim had been hoping to at some point in the future go on tour with an old pal of his, musician Gerard “G Tom Mac” McMahon, who worked on some of the music for The Lost Boys. “What people don’t know is that Corey actually had an amazing singing voice,” Katz said.

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  1. Matt • March 18, 2010 @ 12:46 PM

    Saw that video of Corey bustin’ rhymes at some horror convention – and he was dope, yo!

  2. Amy • March 18, 2010 @ 1:41 PM

    I miss Corey. 🙁

    Gone too young. He had such an amazing personality and spirit.

  3. Brad Fitzakerley • March 18, 2010 @ 1:42 PM

    I knew Corey before he started acting. We shared a few years of friendship and a couple of times I didn’t see him for periods of time while working as an actor. The last time we saw each other was at the front doors of the public school we went to. He had a girlfriend who he was all over like a fat kid on a smarty. She, Corey, and I stood in front of the school to say our goodbye’s in which I thought wouldn’t really be the last time. What did I know; I was only about 10 years old. Hugs and sadness were all around us as he drove off with his Mom. Over the years I came to realize that Corey was gone for good. However, it was television and movies that I believe to this day, kept my memories of our friendship which I have always held on to. Sure, I tried contacting him various times, but just never succeeded. Can’t answer why I never got any response but have always assumed my messages never reached him. Almost like trying to contact leaders of government. I became to realize that my efforts were just not working, so as all his fans, I just followed him through television and movies. I was proud to tell people who I met throughout my life, that I had a close friendship with him in our younger years. Regardless of not speaking to him anymore, and learning about his addictions. Some people would mention him as a drug addict and I’d just let them know that he is not alone and until you walk in their shoes you will never know. I never really like those people after that. In my mind, addictions are a disease, and a disease is something very hard to overcome. Some diseases we can’t even cure. Regardless, Corey was still that friend of mine at about age 10 back in public school. He was just an amazing person to be around with. He respected me, my family, and our friendship. Needless to say, if Corey wasn’t bitten by the acting bug, I’d tend to think that we would still have our close friendship and that his addictions would have never got to the way they did. I, personally blame the Entertainment business. You take a child at such a young age out of public school who is used to just doing school work and playing with his friends, and all of a sudden you change that Childs life into something that dreams are made of, than you give that child nothing but fame and fortune throughout all his younger years, than one day, it just all goes away. How does someone deal with that? How about dealing with the pressures and stress associated with being a young actor and not only that but dealing with the same pressures we all dealt with growing up. It has just got to be hard. Corey turned to addictions. Corey just needed something, I believe, to help handle everything going on and that lead to more and more. Isn’t that how most addictions start? Corey just couldn’t kick the habit. We can’t say he didn’t try, and we can’t say he didn’t. An addiction is a disease though and sometimes diseases just have a way of finding themselves back. Regardless, to this day, I will swear that Corey was an amazing person and even though I really didn’t know him for many years until he passed, I think he would have held onto some of those qualities that I knew, throughout the rest of his life. I bet you his friends, like Corey Feldman, can tell me that I am right; he had the same old style and carried it on through the rest of his life. My memories will stay with me for the rest of my life, and keeping these is something no one can take away from me. Rest in Peace old friend. 🙂

  4. Amy • March 18, 2010 @ 2:04 PM

    I would definitely have watched Corey’s new show.
    I loved The Two Coreys and watched the marathon of it over the weekend.

  5. Amy • March 18, 2010 @ 2:08 PM

    ps Brad Fitzakerley:

    Your heartwarming comments would be so much better if you didn’t post the exact same comment on every blog and website…….. little suspicious that you really knew him.

  6. Deena • March 18, 2010 @ 3:07 PM

    I’m sure he was a very nice boy when he was 10. However, an addiction is not a disease. Cancer is a disease. Leukemia is a disease. Drugs and alcohol are bad habits. You can choose to not drink or take drugs. You can’t choose not to have cancer. That’s the difference. He wasn’t even trying very hard to quit. He never went to rehab and in one interview, he said he knew he would always be on and off drugs throughout his lifetime. RIP Corey. I wish you’d stayed in Canada and continued your acting career here. Your life would have been much different and prob. much happier.

  7. Joshua • March 18, 2010 @ 3:10 PM

    Rest in peace Corey.

    P.S. Brad Fitzakerley, I may have read your comment if it wasn’t just a GIANT text wall. Use paragraphs next time dude.

  8. Nancy • March 18, 2010 @ 3:26 PM

    Brad: If you honestly were Corey’s friend, my condolences to you. If you weren’t, then I believe you would have been a great friend to him.

    Deena: I totally agree. While reading Brad’s comment, I thought, OMG! I can’t believe how many people think drug addiction is a “disease” but yet, overweight people are “fat” and should cut back on the chow because they are a burden on our healthcare and people who smoke cigarettes should just quit because they smell disgusting and are a burden on our healthcare.

  9. Brad • March 19, 2010 @ 6:07 AM

    My Five:

    First; my story is repetitive cause I was interested in sharing the same information with not just one particular group of people or one particular area. Not everyone reads the comments on each site.

    Second;(look another paragraph), why is my grammar or story structure of any importance to my story. If it bugs you to read than don’t read it.

    Third; Nancy and Deena, I’d explain my thoughts on “addiction” and “disease” however I have already on another site, and well that would just be repetitive again, wouldn’t it.(Amy)

    Forth; I am not interested in who believes me or who doesn’t. I’ve got enough family and friends that know I speak the truth to satisfy me a lifetime. However, if I had to prove this, it wouldn’t be a problem what so ever. They do say, “pictures are worth a thousand words”.

    Fifth; As I said to my wife, I always thought while growing up from the age of 10 that I would reunite with Corey. Although I am now a grown man those feeling have followed me and stayed with me. When I heard of his passing, my lifetime of hope was instantly gone. Corey impacted my life at a young age. Imagine yourself at age 10 or so, your real good friend moves away and its hurtful to you, than all of a sudden your friend is on TV, Movies, and in Magazines….you are amazed and it is even more amazing when your just a kid. So, like his fans, I followed his Career through the media. To me (as a kid) it felt like I was able to fill that empty spot longing for my friend back. As I grew up and many attempts to contact him were discouraging and very hard, I kind of let go. When the show started to air, “The Two Corey’s” all these feelings came back to me. That’s when I got interested again and started to try and contact him. The internet made it easier for me this time. The availability of information was more and it didn’t cost me a dime. I truly think I reached him as I did get a response from an agent of his. However; I never heard directly from Corey. The reason; I can not answer truthfully, but I reasoned with myself and figured he just probably didn’t recall who I was. I couldn’t blame him. It wasn’t me who influenced his life it was him who influenced my life growing up as he has with many of his fans. I guess the only difference between his fans and I, is that I really knew him and knew him for who he really was and not what he turned into to.(addictions put aside).

    Rest in Peace Corey.

  10. gypsy • March 19, 2010 @ 10:16 PM

    Brad I believe you,listen to the Beatles song In my life,I truly hope this makes you feel better!THANKS FOR SHAREING YOUR STORY!

  11. Tanice Fitzakerley • March 21, 2010 @ 1:46 PM

    For all those who read this…yes…Brad was a friend of Corey Haim’s. He and I went to school with him in Thornhill, Ontario…played hockey for fun near our school…and my brother was on his hockey team that Corey Haim’s father coached. I remember Brad and Corey being friends… and also remember how good Corey was to everyone. The biggest thing I remember of Corey was his big smile…it was infectious.

    Brad’s twin sister.

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